Universal Semantic Syntax: A Semiotactic Approach

Author:   Egbert Fortuin (Universiteit Leiden) ,  Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren (Universiteit Leiden)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781108476805


Pages:   206
Publication Date:   09 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Universal Semantic Syntax: A Semiotactic Approach


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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.

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Author:   Egbert Fortuin (Universiteit Leiden) ,  Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren (Universiteit Leiden)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.70cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.430kg
ISBN:  

9781108476805


ISBN 10:   1108476805
Pages:   206
Publication Date:   09 May 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Part I. The Semiotactic Theory: 1. Basic theoretical principles; 2. Semiotactic relations and symbols; 3. Nexus: subject-predicate relation; 4. Valences; 5. Set expression 'SE'; 6. Nexus relation as entity (Bahuvrihi); 7. Negation; 8. The auxiliary verb 'do'; 9. Appositions; 10. Formal and syntactic sentences; 11. Abstraction; 12. The basic principles of the formalization; Part II. Application of the Theory: 1. Noun modifications; 2. Verb constructions; 3. Impersonal constructions; 4. Other constructions in non-European languages; 5. Word order and propositional contents; Conclusion: the syntactic theory from a semantic perspective.

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Egbert Fortuin is Associate Professor of Russian Linguistics at Universiteit Leiden. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Lingua, Cognitive Linguistics and Russian Linguistics. He is currently editor of the book series Studies in General and Slavic Linguistics. Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren studied English and Japanese and completed her Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics at Universiteit Leiden. She is chief editor and content manager on a project for the compilation of a new Japanese-Dutch dictionary.

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