Intransitive Predication

Hardcover | September 1, 1997

byLeon Stassen

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Intransitive Predication constitutes a major contribution to the study of typological linguistics and theoretical linguistics in general. Basing his analysis on a sample of 410 languages, Leon Stassen investigates cross-linguistic variation in one of the core domains of all natural languages. The author views this domain as a `cognitive space', the topography of which is the same for all languages. It is assumed to consist of four subdomains, which correspond to a four-way distinction between the semantic classes of event predicates, property predicates, class predicates, and locationalpredicates. Leon Stassen offers a typology of the structural manifestations of this domain, in terms of the nature and number of the formal strategies used in its encoding. He discusses a number of abstract principles which can be employed in explaining the cross-linguistic variation embodied by thetypology. In the final chapter, he brings together the research results in a universally applicable model, which can be read as a `flow chart' for the encoding of intransitive predications in different language types.

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Intransitive Predication constitutes a major contribution to the study of typological linguistics and theoretical linguistics in general. Basing his analysis on a sample of 410 languages, Leon Stassen investigates cross-linguistic variation in one of the core domains of all natural languages. The author views this domain as a `cognit...

Leon Stassen is a Senior Lecturer, Department of General Linguistics at The Catholic University of Nijmegen.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:788 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.89 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Part I: The Typology1. Introduction2. The Verbal and the Locational Strategy3. The Nominal Strategy4. The Typology of Intransitive PredicationPart II. Switching5. Adjective-Switching6. Nominal and Locational Switching7. Verb-Switching8. Multiple Switching and Complex CasesPart III. Tensedness9. Adjectives and the Tensedness Parameter10. Tensed Languages11. Non-Tensed Languages12. Problematic Cases13. Evaluation and ExplanationPart IV. The Model14. The Model of Intransitive Predicate EncodingConclusionAppendicesReferences

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`The book is long, but readers will find the effort well worthwhile ... It is difficult to do justice in a review to a book of this magnitude. The book provides a valuable set of data and convincing arguments to support the typology proposed ... A value of the book is that the proposedtypology provides a solid foundation for future empirical investigation. The book is the second in a series on typology. I hope that subsequent volumes in the series will be of such a high quality.'Edith L Bavin, Linguistics Vol 35 1999