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    View of Language

    ISBN-10: 0199244812
    ISBN-13: 9780199244812
    Author(s): Pieter A. M. Seuren
    Description: This book collects the best and most influential essays of one of the world's most original linguistic scholars and thinkers. They show Pieter Seuren's remarkable erudition from classical antiquity to current theory, his descriptive and theoretical  More...
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    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 544
    Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.980
    Language: English

    This book collects the best and most influential essays of one of the world's most original linguistic scholars and thinkers. They show Pieter Seuren's remarkable erudition from classical antiquity to current theory, his descriptive and theoretical sophistication, and his beautiful clarity of style. They provide many examples of the cogency of his argument and his willingness to speak out trenchantly against accepted wisdom. In the extensive introduction the author describes the evolution of his theoretical position and its development in relation to Chomskyan syntactic theory and model-theoretic semantics. He argues here and throughout the book that grammar and semantics should be studied as branches of cognitive science, not as mere formalisms. He propounds, develops, and applies a theory of semantic syntax in which a grammar is seen as a mediating device between propositionally structured thoughts and corresponding surface structures. He rejects conventional notions of autonomous grammar as unsustainable and, in a realist theory of language, unnecessary. He demonstrates that his semantic theory achieves empirically adequate and formally precise explanatory generalizations, developing a theory of discourse semantics as a means of providing elegant accounts of topic-comment structure. The twenty-two essays are divided into four parts dealing broadly with general theory, syntax, semantics, and the linguistics of creole languages. Many of the author's classic papers will be found here, including those on autonomous versus semantic syntax, predicate raising and datives, clitic pronoun clusters, donkey anaphora ('every man who owns a donkey beats it'), serial verb constructions, and many more. Provocative and thoughtful, accessible and entertaining, they add up to a book of real, enduring value.

    Introduction
    General Theory
    Language, World, and Cognitive Processing
    Grammar as an Underground Process
    Autonomous vs. Semantic Syntax
    Doing Sums with Language
    Internal Variability in Competence
    The Paradoxes and Natural Language
    Syntax
    Predicate Raising and Dative in French and Sundry Languages
    Negative's Travels
    Operator Lowering
    A Problem in English Subject Complementation
    Clitic Pronoun Clusters
    Semantics
    Presuppositions and the Universe of Interpretation
    Logical Form and Semantic Form: An argument against Geach
    Lexical Meaning and Presupposition
    Presupposition and Negation
    Why Does 2 Mean ""2""? Grist to the anti-Grice mill
    Towards a Discourse-Semantic Account of Donkey Anaphora
    A Discourse-Semantic Account of Topic and Comment
    Creole Linguistics
    Semantic Transparency as a Factor in Creole Genesis
    Serial Verb Constructions
    The Auxiliary System in Sranan
    The Question of Predicate Clefting in the Indian Ocean Creoles

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