Impersonal Si Constructions

Impersonal Si Constructions
Author: Roberta D'Alessandro
Publsiher: De Gruyter Mouton
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2007
Genre: Italian language
ISBN: UCSC:32106018985041

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The architecture of the human language faculty has been one of the main foci of the linguistic research of the last half century. This branch of linguistics, broadly known as Generative Grammar, is concerned with the formulation of explanatory formal accounts of linguistic phenomena with the ulterior goal of gaining insight into the properties of the 'language organ'. The series comprises high quality monographs and collected volumes that address such issues. The topics in this series range from phonology to semantics, from syntax to information structure, from mathematical linguistics to studies of the lexicon.

Impersonal si constructions

Impersonal  si  constructions
Author: Roberta D'Alessandro
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 253
Release: 2007-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9783110207514

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This book is a research monograph on impersonal si constructions (ISC) in Italian within the Minimalist program framework. The book offers a new point of view on ISCs, providing a new set of crucial data that were previously unknown, and pointing out many characteristics of ISCs that were overlooked before. It results in the introduction of additional means of syntactic analysis at the edge between narrow syntax and pragmatics.

Impersonal Constructions

Impersonal Constructions
Author: Andre? L?vovich Mal?chukov,Anna Siewierska
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing
Total Pages: 653
Release: 2011
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9789027205919

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Features the contributions that deal with various types of impersonality, namely constructions featuring nonagentive subjects, including those with experiential predicates, presentational constructions with a notional subject deficient in topicality, and constructions with a notional subject lacking in referential properties.

Impersonal Constructions

Impersonal Constructions
Author: Andrej Malchukov,Anna Siewierska
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing
Total Pages: 641
Release: 2011-07-20
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9789027287168

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This volume offers a much needed typological perspective on impersonal constructions, which are here viewed broadly as constructions lacking a referential subject. The contributions to this volume deal with all types of impersonality, namely constructions featuring nonagentive subjects, including those with experiential predicates (A-impersonals), presentational constructions with a notional subject deficient in topicality (T-impersonals), and constructions with a notional subject lacking in referential properties (R-impersonals), i.e. both meteo-constructions and man-constructions. The typological discussion benefits from a good coverage of impersonality in European languages, but also includes considerations of several African, American, South-East Asian, Australian, and Oceanic languages. The variation in the cross-linguistic realization of impersonality and the diachronic pathways leading to and from impersonality documented in this volume point to a novel perspective on impersonals as transitional structures or an intermediate stage of a more basic diachronic change be it from transitive to intransitive, or from active to passive, or participant-to event-centered construction.

The Substance and Value of Italian Si

The Substance and Value of Italian Si
Author: Joseph Davis
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2017-09-08
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9789027265272

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This book offers an original treatment of the Italian clitic si. Sharply separating encoded grammar from inference in discourse, it proposes a unitary meaning for si, including impersonals, passives, and reflexives. Si signals third-person participancy but makes no distinctions of number, gender, or case role. The analysis advances the Columbia School framework by relying on just these straightforward oppositions, attributing variety of interpretation largely to language use rather than to grammar. The analysis places si within a network of oppositions involving all the other clitics. Data come primarily from twentieth-century and more recent published and on-line literature. The book will be of interest to functional linguists, students of reflexivity, and scholars of the Italian language.

The Italian Language Today

The Italian Language Today
Author: Anna Laura Lepschy,Guilio Lepschy
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2013-11-05
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781136132766

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First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Unaccusativity and the Double Object Construction in Sumerian

Unaccusativity and the Double Object Construction in Sumerian
Author: J. Cale Johnson
Publsiher: LIT Verlag Münster
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2010
Genre: Sumerian language
ISBN: 9783643501790

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Sumerian, probably the earliest attested language in human history, has no known cognates. Accordingly, many features of Sumerian grammar are still under discussion. Up to now research has focused primarily on questions of Sumerian phonology and morphology. In this present study the author concentrates on syntactic or pragmatic phenomena, especially on the referential properties of the nominal component of certain so-called compound verbs, the unaccusativity contrast, and the possibility of generic quantification in the double object construction.

Quantification in Natural Languages

Quantification in Natural Languages
Author: Emmon Bach,E. Jelinek,A. Kratzer,Barbara B.H. Partee
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2013-11-11
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9789401728171

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This volume of papers grew out of a research project on "Cross-Linguistic Quantification" originated by Emmon Bach, Angelika Kratzer and Barbara Partee in 1987 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and supported by National Science Foundation Grant BNS 871999. The publication also reflects directly or indirectly several other related activ ities. Bach, Kratzer, and Partee organized a two-evening symposium on cross-linguistic quantification at the 1988 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New Orleans (held without financial support) in order to bring the project to the attention of the linguistic community and solicit ideas and feedback from colleagues who might share our concern for developing a broader typological basis for research in semantics and a better integration of descriptive and theoretical work in the area of quantification in particular. The same trio organized a six-week workshop and open lecture series and related one-day confer ence on the same topic at the 1989 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of Arizona in Tucson, supported by a supplementary grant, NSF grant BNS-8811250, and Partee offered a seminar on the same topic as part of the Institute course offerings. Eloise Jelinek, who served as a consultant on the principal grant and was a participant in the LSA symposium and the Arizona workshops, joined the group of editors for this volume in 1989.