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Semantic Syntax

ISBN: 978-0-631-16006-9
396 pages
December 1996, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book presents and exemplifies the theory of grammar called Semantic Syntax. The grammar, which offers a syntactic theory closely connected with semantic analyses, is a direct continuation of Generative Semantics; it will re-ignite interest in that framework which flourished and promised so much in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. Some Formal Properties of Grammars, Trees and Rules.

3. The English Auxiliary and Complementation System.

4. The French Auxiliary and Complementation System.

5. The Dutch Auxiliary and Complementation System.

6. The German Auxiliary and Complementation System.

7. Any Other Business.

List of French Words.

List of Dutch Words.

List of German Words.

Bibliography.

Index.
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Pieter Seuren is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Nijmegen. He was previously Lecturer in Linguistics at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. His books include Discourse Semantics (Blackwell Publishers, 1985).
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* Presents and exemplifies a radical and unorthodox theory of grammar.
* Will reignite interest in earlier models of generative grammar.
* Draws on a lifetime of research by a senior European linguist.
* Presents and exemplifies a radical and unorthodox theory of grammar.
* Will reignite interest in earlier models of generative grammar.
* Draws on a lifetime of research by a senior European linguist.
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"In Semantic Syntax Pieter Seuren elegantly and solidly accomplishes what the generative semantics movement had set out to do in the seventies: the generation of surface structure from a semantic base. The relevance for realistic modelling of language production cannot be overestimated. The semantics has a thorough cognitive foundation in the speaker's developing discourse domain. The syntax displays an impressive coverage of speakers' basic syntactic patterns in a range of languages, including recalcitrant German. And the theory is computationally entirely transparent." Willem J. M. Levelt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics


"This book covers a vast array of constructions which are at the forefront of the current theoretical discussions.Denis Bochard, Universite du Quebec a Montreal

"Semantic Syntax constitutes an important contribution to grammatical formalism and syntactic theory." Comptes Rendus

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