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Restriction and Saturation : Volume 42 - Sandra Chung

Restriction and Saturation

Volume 42

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With this study of Maori and Chamorro, Sandra Chung and William Ladusaw make a valuable contribution to the growing literature on the formal semantic analysis of non-Indo-European languages. Their ultimate focus is on how the study of these Austronesian languages can illuminate the alternatives for semantic interpretation and their interaction with syntactic structure. Revisiting the analysis of indefiniteness in terms of restricted free variables, they claim that some varieties of indefinites are better analyzed by taking restriction and saturation to be fundamental semantic operations.Chapters examine the general topic of modes of composition (including predicate restriction and syntactic versus semantic saturation), types of indefinite determiners in Maori, and object incorporation in Chamorro (including discussions of the extra object and restriction without saturation). The authors' goal is that the two case studies they offer, and their larger focus on modes of composition, will contribute to a broader account of the interaction of form, position, and semantic interpretation.

"Chung and Ladusaw propose and motivate an original and elegant solution to a longstanding problem in syntactic-semantic composition: how to deal with combinations that are neither function-argument application nor function composition. The fruit of a collaboration between two major researchers in the syntax and semantics of natural language, this study will have a lastingimpact on the field."--Emmon Bach, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and SOAS, University of London

Prefacep. xi
Modes of Compositionp. 1
The Calculus of Saturationp. 2
Predicate Restrictionp. 4
Syntactic versus Semantic Saturationp. 6
Saturation at the Event Levelp. 11
Scope Constraintsp. 13
The Property Theory of Indefinitesp. 14
Summaryp. 18
Indefinites in Maorip. 21
A Dash of Maori Grammarp. 23
The Syntax of He and Tetahip. 26
The Semantic Similarity of He and Tetahip. 30
Some Semantic Contrastsp. 40
Our Accountp. 45
Two Further Semantic Contrastsp. 55
A Dash of Pragmaticsp. 65
Conclusionp. 69
Object Incorporation in Chamorrop. 75
A Dash of Chamorro Grammarp. 77
Incorporationp. 81
The Incorporated Object Is Semantically Incompletep. 85
The Extra Objectp. 88
The Extra Object Is a Semantic Argumentp. 94
Our Accountp. 107
Restriction without Saturationp. 118
Conclusionp. 125
The Syntax of Chamorro Incorporationp. 131
Previous Approachesp. 131
Some Preliminary Resultsp. 134
Some More Conclusive Resultsp. 141
The Attachment Site of the Extra Objectp. 146
Maori and Chamorrop. 149
Notesp. 153
Referencesp. 163
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780262532549
ISBN-10: 0262532549
Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 24th October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.26