Sentence and Discourse

Paperback | November 29, 2015

EditorJacqueline Gueron

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This book looks at the relationship between the structure of the sentence and the organization of discourse. While a sentence obeys specific grammatical rules, the coherence of a discourse is instead dependent on the relations between the sentences it contains. In this volume, leadingsyntacticians, semanticists, and philosophers examine the nature of these relations, where they come from, and how they apply. Chapters in Part I address points of sentence grammar in different languages, including mood and tense in Spanish, definite determiners in French and Bulgarian, and theinfluence of aktionsart on the acquisition of tense by English, French, and Chinese children. Part II looks at modes of discourse, showing for example how discourse relations create implicatures and how Indirect Discourse differs from Free Indirect Discourse. The studies conclude that the relationsbetween sentences that make a discourse coherent are already encoded in sentence grammar and that, once established, these relations influence the meaning of individual sentences.

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This book looks at the relationship between the structure of the sentence and the organization of discourse. While a sentence obeys specific grammatical rules, the coherence of a discourse is instead dependent on the relations between the sentences it contains. In this volume, leadingsyntacticians, semanticists, and philosophers exami...

Jacqueline Gueron is Emeritus Professor at the Universite Paris 3. She holds a Ph.D in French Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorat d'Etat from the Universite Paris 7. She has co-edited a number of works on subjects dealing with syntax and construal, most recently on tense, modality, and Creole syntax. She is co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:November 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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General prefaceList of abbreviationsAbout the contributors1. Jacqueline Gueron: IntroductionPART I: From Sentence to Discourse2. Brenda Laca: On the temporal orientation of intensional subjunctives in Spanish3. Eric Corre: Russian aspect in finite and non-finite modes: From syntax to event structure4. Liliane Tasmowski: {A/a}spect/discourse interactions5. Maya Hickmann and Henriette Hendriks: Time talk in narrative discourse: Evidence from child and adult language acquisition6. Jacqueline Gueron: On the syntax of modality: The Actuality EntailmentPART II: From Discourse to Sentence7. Nicholas Asher: Implicatures and grammar8. Nicholas Asher and Jacqueline Gueron: Perfect puzzles in discourse9. Patrick Caudal: The passe compose in Old French and Modern French: Evolution or revolution?10. Svetlana Vogeleer: Polyphonic utterances: Alternation of present and past in reported speech and thoughts in Russian11. Alessandra Giorgi: Free Indirect Discourse and the syntax of the left periphery12. Jacqueline Gueron: Subjectivity and Free Indirect DiscourseReferencesIndex