Aspect and Predication: The Semantics of Argument Structure

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

byGillian Catriona Ramchand

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This book investigates the systematic correspondences between syntactic structure and semantic interpretation in the domain of predicate-argument relationships. It takes as its starting point the striking effects of nominal argument interpretation on aspectual semantics, pursuing the intuitionthat these effects are not quirky or exceptional, but are in fact the most visible reflexes of a more pervasive and systematic interaction between the aspectual event structure of a predicate and its arguments. The Scottish Gaelic language is the empirical base of the investigation, as it exhibits aset of predicational structures which interact in a highly visible way with its aspectual system. The book provides a detailed working out of a semantic system of argument classification which moves away from lexically-driven thematic roles in the traditional sense and towards a more constrained,syntactically motivated, set of primitives.

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This book investigates the systematic correspondences between syntactic structure and semantic interpretation in the domain of predicate-argument relationships. It takes as its starting point the striking effects of nominal argument interpretation on aspectual semantics, pursuing the intuitionthat these effects are not quirky or except...

Gillian Catriona Ramchand is a lecturer in General Linguistics at Oxford University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198236514

ISBN - 13:9780198236511

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`This book is an important contribution to the study of aspect and the interface between syntax and semantics ... Ramchand's book presents a very interesting syntactic analysis of the intriguing data in SGaelic aspectual constructions ... an important contribution to the study of tense andaspect and its relation to the semantics of nominal expressions.'Glot International