On the Compositional Nature of States

by: E. Matthew Husband

On the Compositional Nature of States
Author: E. Matthew Husband

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co

Series: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today

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Publication date: 15 June 2012

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ISBN: 9027255717 ISBN 13: 9789027255716

On the Compositional Nature of States by E. Matthew Husband

Focusing on evidence from both verbal and adjectival predicates, this work argues that quantization forms the basis of a unified theory of aktionsart. It is of interest to syntacticians and semanticists who are specifically concerned with compositional approaches to eventualities. Top page

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This monograph pursues a structural analogy between the availability of an existential interpretation in states and the telicity of events. Focusing on evidence from both verbal and adjectival predicates, it argues that quantization forms the basis of a unified theory of aktionsart and provides a theory in which the availability of an existential interpretation in states is, like the telicity of events, determined compositionally by the predicate and the quantization of its internal argument. Quantization is further argued to reflect the internal temporal constitution of the stages of an individual which is tied to the generation of an existential interpretation. This monograph will be of interest to syntacticians and semanticists who are specifically concerned with compositional approaches to eventualities, and to those who have a more general interest in the role linguistic theory can play in determining core properties of the mind. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: John Benjamins Publishing Co

City: Amsterdam

Pages: 186

More info: weight 495 gr

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Age recommended: Professional and scholarly

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC23) 401.43

Departments: Semantics (meaning); Grammar, syntax, linguistic structure;

Record updated at: 26 June, 2014 time: 14:12

Summary On the Compositional Nature of States 1. Acknowledgements, pix-x; 2. Preface, pxi-xii; 3. List of tables, pxiii-xiv; 4. List of figures, pxv-xvi; 5. Chapter 1. Introduction, p1-30; 6. Chapter 2. States and compositionality, p31-60; 7. Chapter 3. The arguments of statives, p61-106; 8. Chapter 4. Adjectival predicates and scale structures, p107-148; 9. Chapter 5. Conclusions and speculations, p149-158; 10. Bibliography, p159-166; 11. Index, p167-170 Top page

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