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Structuring Sense

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Structuring Sense explores the difference between words however defined and structures however constructed. It sets out to demonstrate over three volumes, of which this is the first, that the explanation of linguistic competence should be shifted from lexical entry to syntactic structure, from memory of words to manipulation of rules. Its reformulation of how grammar and lexicon interact has profound implications for linguistic, philosophical, and psychological theories about human mind and language.

Hagit Borer departs from both constructional approaches to syntax and the long generative tradition that uses the word as the nucleus around which the syntax grows. She argues that the hierarchical, abstract structures of language are universal, not language specific, and that language variation emerges from the morphological and phonological properties of inflectional material.

In Name Only applies this radical approach to nominal structure. Integrating research in syntax, semantics, and morphology, the author argues that nominal structure is based on the syntactic realization of semantic notions such as classifier, quantity, and reference. In the process she seeks to do away with lexical ambiguity and type-shifting. Among the topics she considers are the interpretation of proper names, the mass-count distinction, the weak-strong interpretation of quantifiers, partitive and measure phrases, and the structural representation of the definite article. In the process she explores inter-language variation through the properties of the morpho-phonological system. The languages discussed include English, Chinese, Italian, and Hebrew.

About the Author

Hagit Borer received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at MIT in 1981. She has held positions at the University of California at Irvine and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently the chair of the linguistics department at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include syntax, morphosyntax, the syntax-semantics interface, and the acquisition of syntax.

Table of Contents

1. Exo-Skeletal Explanations

1. Structuring Sense: Introductory Comments

2. Nuts and Bolts

2. Determining Structures

3. The Proper Way: Some Introductory Comments in the Context of Proper Names

4. Some Stuff on the Mass-Count Distinction

5. Things that Count: Null D

6. Things that Count: Null # and Others

3. Another Language, Another System

7. One is the Loneliest Number

8. Cheese and Olives, Bottles, and Cups

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199263899
Author:
Borer, Hagit
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Author:
null, Hagit
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Morphology
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general
Subject:
Linguistics | Syntax
Subject:
Linguistics | Syntax and Morphology
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Morphology.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Linguistics | Syntax & Morphology
Series Volume:
Volume I: In Name On
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
9.52x6.44x.91 in. 1.39 lbs.

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