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Situations and Syntactic Structures : Rethinking Auxiliaries and Order in English

Author: Gillian Ramchand; Project Muse.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 2017.
Series: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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A new theory of the syntax-semantics interface that relies on hierarchical orderings in language, with the English auxiliary system as its empirical ground. Research in syntax has found that there is a hierarchical ordering of projections within the verb phrase across languages (although researchers differ with respect to how fine grained they assume the hierarchy to be). In Situations and Syntactic Structures ,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Ramchand; Project Muse.
ISBN: 9780262345880 0262345889
OCLC Number: 1132666834
Description: 1 online resource (pages cm.).
Contents: Introduction to Events and Situations in Grammar --
The Progressive in English --
The Passive and its Participle --
The Participle, the Perfect and the Spatio temporal Domain --
Modals and the Spatiotemporal Domain --
Modals and Generalized Anchoring --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Book collections on Project MUSE.
Responsibility: Gillian Catriona Ramchand.

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A new theory of the syntax-semantics interface that relies on hierarchical orderings in language, with the English auxiliary system as its empirical ground. Research in syntax has found that there is a hierarchical ordering of projections within the verb phrase across languages (although researchers differ with respect to how fine grained they assume the hierarchy to be). In Situations and Syntactic Structures , Gillian Ramchand explores the hierarchy of the verb phrase from a semantic perspective, attempting to derive it from semantically sorted zones in the compositional semantics. The empirical ground is the auxiliary ordering found in the grammar of English. The "situation" in the title refers to the semanticists' notion of eventuality that is the central element of the ontology of the formal semantics of verbal meaning. Ramchand discusses the semantic notion of situations in relation to the hierarchical ordering evidenced in syntactic structures and tries to bridge semantic and syntactic ontologies. She proposes and formalizes a new theory of semantic zones, and presents an explicitly semantic and morphological analysis of all the auxiliary constructions of English that derive their rigid order of composition without recourse to lexical item-specific ordering statements.

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