Semantics and Syntax
Parallels and Connections


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Semantics and Syntax
Parallels and Connections

by J. Miller (Author)



ISBN: 9780521108294


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This book is concerned with the relationship between semantics and surface structure.

This book is concerned with the relationship between semantics and surface structure and in particular with the way in which each is mapped into the other. Jim Miller argues that semantic and syntactic structure require different representations and that semantic structure is far more complex than many analysts realise. He argues further that semantic structure should be based on notions of location and movement. The need for a semantic component of greater complexity is demonstrated by an examination of prepositions, particles, adverbs and verb-prefixes, and is shown to accord with cross-language and historical facts. The volume goes on to consider the sort of rules that are required to map semantic structures onto syntax. Semantics and Syntax tackles fundamental issues and draws together many of the key concepts of traditional grammar and formal linguistics. The general framework for handling syntax, semantics and morphology that it outlines is perhaps a controversial one, but it will be recognized as challenging and original.


ISBN 521108292
ISBN13 9780521108294
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 09/04/2009
Pages 272
Weight (grammes) 400
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152

Part I. On morphology and syntax
Part II. Prepositions, particles, prefixes and adverbs: a semantic analysis
Part III. Localism: a theory of semantic structure
Part IV. GET
Part V. On the connections between semantics and syntax