Indefinite objects : scrambling, choice functions, and differential marking

Luis López

In Indefinite Objects, Luis Lpez presents a novel approach to the syntax-semantics interface using indefinite noun phrases as a database. Traditional approaches map structural configurations to semantic interpretations directly; Lpez links configuration to a mode of semantic composition, with the latter yielding the interpretation. The polyvalent behavior of indefinites has long been explored by linguists who have been interested in their syntax, semantics, and case morphology, and Lpez's contribution can be seen as a synthesis of findings from several traditions. He argues, first, that scrambled indefinite objects are composed by means of Function Application preceded by Choice Function while objects in situ are composed by means of Restrict. This difference yields the different interpretive possibilities of indefinite objects. Lpez's more nuanced approach to the syntax-semantics interface turns out to be rich in empirical consequences. Second, he proposes that short scrambling also yields Differential Marking, provided that context conditions are fulfilled, while in situ objects remain unmarked. Thus, Lpez contributes to the extensive literature on Differential Object Marking by showing that syntactic configuration is a crucial factor. Lpez substantiates this approach with data from Spanish, Hindi-Urdu, Persian (Farsi), Kiswahili, Romanian, and German.

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書名 Indefinite objects : scrambling, choice functions, and differential marking
著作者等 López, Luis
Lopez Luis
シリーズ名 Bradford book
Linguistic inquiry monographs
出版元 The MIT Press
刊行年月 c2012
ページ数 xi, 172 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780262517850
9780262018036
NCID BB10505026
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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