Structuring Sense: Volume 1: In Name Only

Paperback | February 15, 2005

byHagit Borer

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Structuring Sense explores the difference between words however defined and structures however constructed. It sets out to demonstrate over three volumes, of which this is the first, that the explanation of linguistic competence should be shifted from lexical entry to syntactic structure, frommemory of words to manipulation of rules. Its reformulation of how grammar and lexicon interact has profound implications for linguistic, philosophical, and psychological theories about human mind and language. Hagit Borer departs from both language specific constructional approaches and lexicalist approaches to argue that universal hierarchical structures determine interpretation, and that language variation emerges from the morphological and phonological properties of inflectional material. In Name Only applies this radical approach to nominal structure. Integrating research in syntax, semantics, and morphology, the author argues that nominal structure is based on the syntactic realization of semantic notions such as classifier, quantity, and reference. In the process she seeks to doaway with lexical ambiguity and type-shifting. Among the topics she considers are the interpretation of proper names, the mass-count distinction, the weak-strong interpretation of quantifiers, partitive and measure phrases, and the structural representation of the definite article. In the processshe explores inter-language variation through the properties of the morpho-phonological system. The languages discussed include English, Chinese, Italian, and Hebrew.

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Structuring Sense explores the difference between words however defined and structures however constructed. It sets out to demonstrate over three volumes, of which this is the first, that the explanation of linguistic competence should be shifted from lexical entry to syntactic structure, frommemory of words to manipulation of rules. I...

Hagit Borer received her Ph.D. in Linguistics at MIT in 1981. She has held positions at the University of California at Irvine and at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently the chair of the linguistics department at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include syntax, morphosyntax, the sy...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.76 inPublished:February 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Exo-Skeletal Explanations1. Structuring Sense: Introductory Comments2. Nuts and Bolts2. Determining Structures3. The Proper Way: Some Introductory Comments in the Context of Proper Names4. Some Stuff on the Mass-Count Distinction5. Things that Count: Null D6. Things that Count: Null # and Others3. Another Language, Another System7. One is the Loneliest Number8. Cheese and Olives, Bottles, and Cups