Universal semantic syntax : a semiotactic approach / Egbert Fortuin, Leiden University, Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren, Leiden University
- Part I. The semiotactic theory. Basic theoretical principles -- Semiotactic relations and symbols -- Nexus: subject-predicate relation -- Valences -- Set expression 'SE' -- Nexus relation as entity (Bahuvrihi) -- Negation -- The auxiliary verb 'do' -- Appositions -- Formal and syntactic sentences -- Abstraction -- The basic principles of the formalization -- Part II. Application of the theory. Noun modifications -- Verb constructions -- Impersonal constructions -- Other constructions in non-European languages -- Word order and propositional contents -- Conclusion: the syntactic theory from a semantic perspective.
- "Syntactic theory has been dominated in the last decades by theories that disregard semantics in their approach to syntax. Presenting a truly semantic approach to syntax, this book takes as its primary starting point the idea that syntax deals with the relations between meanings expressed by form-meaning elements and that the same types of relations can be found cross-linguistically. The theory provides a way to formalize the syntactic relations between meanings so that each fragment of grammar can be analyzed in a clear-cut way. A comprehensive introduction into the theoretical concepts of the theory is provided, with analyzes of numerous examples in English and various other languages, European and non-European, to illustrate the concepts. The theory discussed will enable linguists to look for similarities between languages, while at the same time acknowledging important language specific features"--
"Syntactic theory has been dominated in the last decades by theories that disregard semantics in their approach to syntax"--
- 9781108476805 (hardback)
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 186-190) and index.
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