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A brief history of the verb To Be

Author: Andrea Moro
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beginning with the early works of Aristotle, the interpretation of the verb "to be" runs through Western linguistic thought like Ariadne's thread. As it unravels, it becomes intertwined with philosophy, metaphysics, logic, and even with mathematics -- so much so that Bertrand Russell showed no hesitation in proclaiming that the verb "to be" was a disgrace to the human race. With the conviction that this verb  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Moro
ISBN: 9780262343602 0262343606 9780262343602
OCLC Number: 1034865746
Description: 1 online resource (304 pages)
Contents: Intro; Contents; Only One Passion; Acknowledgments; Prologue; 1 To Be-and Not "Being"-or, The Names of the Verb; 1.1 The Name of Tense; 1.2 The Name of Affirmation; 1.3 The Name of Identity; 2 Anatomy of a Sentence; 2.1 The Calm before the Storm; 2.2 Molecules of Words; 2.3 The Anomaly of the Copula: The Asymmetry That Isn't There; 3 The Strange Case of Verbs without Subjects; 3.1 The Quasi-Copula; 3.2 Is and There Is; 3.3 "Non-Euclidean" Grammars: Concerning the Rise and Fall of the Subject Postulate; 3.4 The Unified Theory of Copular Sentences; 3.5 There Is, or "And Yet It Moves." 4 Epilogues between Language and Necessity4.1 The Form of Grammar: Between Linearity and Hierarchy; 4.2 Language in the Brain; 4.3 Losing and Acquiring the Copula; Afterword; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Andrea Moro ; translated by Bonnie McClelland-Broussard.

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A journey through linguistic time and space, from Aristotle through the twentieth century's "era of syntax," in search of a dangerous verb and its significance.  Read more...

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