Radical Construction Grammar: Syntactic Theory in Typological Perspective

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 416 pages
This book is based on the results of research in language typology, and motivated by the need for a theory to explain them. Croft proposes intimate links between syntactic and semantic structures, and argues that the basic elements of any language are not syntactic but rather syntactic-semantic "Gestalts". He puts forward a new approach to syntactic representation and a new model of how language and languages work.
 

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Contents

nonreductionist syntactic theories
54
Parts of Speech
63
Syntactic Categories and Semantic Relativity
108
Clausal Syntactic Roles Grammatical Relations
132
PART Two FROM SYNTACTIC RELATIONs to SYMBolic RELATIONs
175
A Radical Approach to Syntactic Relations
203
Heads Arguments and Adjuncts
241
The Voice Continuum
283
The CoordinationSubordination Continuum
320
Syntactic Theory and the Theory of Language
362
References
369
Index of Authors
393
Index of Constructions Categories and Features
401
Index of Subjects
407
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William Croft is Professor of Linguistics at Manchester University and has held positions at the universities of Michigan, Stanford, and at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen. His books are 'Typology and Universals' (CUP 1990) and 'Syntactic Categories and Grammatical Relations: The Cognitive Organization of Information' (University of Chicago Press 1991). He is a series editor of 'Oxford Studies in Language Typology and Linguistic Theory'.

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