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{A/a}spect/discourse interactions

Liliane Tasmowski.

in Sentence and Discourse

October 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Semantics. 8091 words.

This chapter has its origin in the totally unexpected observation that in a translation of a narrative text from French into Bulgarian each and every preverbal weak indefinite subject in...

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A-Bar-Movement in Pseudogapping

Kirsten Gengel.

in Pseudogapping and Ellipsis

August 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics. 10475 words.

This chapter discusses the A-bar-movement approaches that have been put forward to account for the movement of the object in Pseudogapping: Heavy Noun Phrase Shift, and Focus Movement. The...

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Ability, Action, and Causation: From Pure Ability to Force

Anastasia Giannakidou and Eleni Staraki.

in Genericity

December 2012; p ublished online May 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics. 11094 words.

This chapter shows that Greek distinguishes empirically ability as a precondition for action, and ability as initiating and sustaining fo...

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About the Speaker

Alessandra Giorgi.

December 2009; p ublished online February 2010 .

Book. Subjects: Semantics. 242 pages.

This book considers the syntax of the left periphery of clauses in relation to the extra‐sentential context. The prevailing point of view, in the literature in this field is that the...

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Accessibility and Reference Production

Jorrig Vogels, Emiel Krahmer and Alfons Maes.

in The Oxford Handbook of Reference

February 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Semantics. 12959 words.

This chapter reviews recent research on speakers’ referential choices in discourse. It focuses on the choice to mention a certain referent first on the one hand, and to produce a pronoun or...

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David Beaver and Henk Zeevat.

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

February 2007; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics. 16052 words.

This article explores the complex and intricate problem of accommodation, which sits right at the linguistic interface between semantics and pragmatics. Accommodation is an inferential...

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James Higginbotham.

in Tense, Aspect, and Indexicality

November 2009; p ublished online May 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics. 4017 words.

This chapter reviews some arguments that accomplishments are syntactically represented by ordered pairs of positions for events, and that the ‘accomplishment’ interpretation of a predicate...

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Acquiring the meaning of free relative clauses and plural definite descriptions

Ivano Caponigro, Lisa Pearl, Neon Brooks and David Barner.

in Journal of Semantics

May 2012; p ublished online January 2012 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Semantics. 11838 words.

Plural definite descriptions (e.g. the things on the plate) and free relative clauses (e.g. what is on the plate) have been argued to share the same semantic properties, despite their...

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The Acquisition of Color Words

Katie Wagner and David Barner.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online March 2017 .

Article. Subjects: Cognitive Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Semantics. 8924 words.

Human experience of color results from a complex interplay of perceptual and linguistic systems. At the lowest level of perception, the human visual system transforms the visible light...

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The Acquisition of Word-Formation in the Romance Languages

Eve V. Clark.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics

P ublished online August 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Semantics. 11541 words.

Several factors influence children’s initial choices of word-formation options––simplicity of form, transparency of meaning, and productivity in current adult speech. The coining of new...

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Actions and their Results in Greek and English: The Complementarity of Morphologically Encoded (Viewpoint) Aspect and Syntactic Resultative Predication

Geoffrey Horrocks and Melita Stavrou.

in Journal of Semantics

August 2003; p ublished online August 2003 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Semantics. 0 words.

This article addresses the issue of why some languages permit the interpretation of what are basically simple‐action transitive verbs (e.g. beat) as causative change‐of‐state verbs in the...

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Additive Particles and Polarity

Hotze Rullmann.

in Journal of Semantics

November 2003; p ublished online November 2003 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Semantics. 0 words.

This article discusses the semantics of the additive focus particles too and either and the factors governing the alternation between the two. It is argued that too and either are not...

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A-definites and the Discourse Status of Implicit Arguments


in Journal of Semantics

January 1999; p ublished online January 1999 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Semantics. 0 words.

This paper focuses on the semantics of implicit arguments and compares it with that of explicit indefinites with which they can be truth-conditionally paraphrased. It is shown that once the...

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Adjective Meaning and Scales

Stephanie Solt.

in The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics

March 2019; p ublished online May 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Semantics; Pragmatics. 9703 words.

The topics of adjective meaning and scalarity offer a prime example of the benefits of experimental research in formal semantics. This chapter presents a series of case studies illustrating...

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Adjectives and Event Structure

Rebekah Baglini and Christopher Kennedy.

in The Oxford Handbook of Event Structure

March 2019; p ublished online May 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Semantics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology. 10269 words.

This chapter investigates the relationship between adjectives and event structure by looking at properties of deverbal adjectives and deadjectival verbs. Although simple adjectives are not...

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Adjectives in extended predicative positions

P. H. Matthews.

in The Positions of Adjectives in English

December 2014; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Semantics. 8220 words.

This is the first of two chapters which deal with the functions of adjectives in clauses. One problem is to distinguish complements of a verb, often described as licensed by it, from...

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Adverbial Modifiers in Adjectival Passives

Claudia Maienborn, Helga Gese and Britta Stolterfoht.

in Journal of Semantics

May 2016; p ublished online April 2015 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Semantics. 19931 words.

The combination of adjectival passives with adverbial modifiers poses a problem for current adjectival conversion analyzes of the adjectival passive. An influential proposal by Kratzer...

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Monika Rathert.

in The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect

May 2012; p ublished online September 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Linguistics; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology; Semantics. 11094 words.

This article describes the different types of temporal adverbial, interactions of adverbials and tense, and tense and adverbials in subordinate clauses. From a morphosyntactic view, there...

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Affectedness and viewpoint in Pilagá (Guaykuruan): a semantically aligned case‐marking system

Alejandra Vidal.

in The Typology of Semantic Alignment

January 2008; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics. 6772 words.

This chapter describes the semantic alignment in the Guaykuruan language Pilagá (Chaco region, Argentina) and situates it in a typological context. Pilagá exhibits an extensive fluid...

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Veneeta Dayal.

in Questions

November 2016; p ublished online January 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Semantics; Linguistics. 848 words.

We have reached the end of our investigation into the semantics and pragmatics of questions, and it is time for me to step back and take stock of what I have and have not accomplished. The...

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