Syntactic Gradience: The Nature of Grammatical Indeterminacy

Paperback | July 21, 2007

byBas Aarts

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This is the first exhaustive investigation of gradience in syntax, conceived of as grammatical indeterminacy. It looks at gradience in English word classes, phrases, clauses and constructions, and examines how it may be defined and differentiated. Professor Aarts addresses the tension betweenlinguistic concepts and the continuous phenomena they describe by testing and categorizing grammatical vagueness and indeterminacy. He considers to what extent gradience is a grammatical phenomenon or a by-product of imperfect linguistic description, and makes a series of linked proposals for itstheoretical formalization.Bas Aarts draws on, and reviews, work in psychology, philosophy and language from Aristotle to Chomsky., and writes clearly on a fascinating and important aspect of language and cognition. His book will appeal to scholars and graduate students of language and syntactic theory in departments of(English) linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science.

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This is the first exhaustive investigation of gradience in syntax, conceived of as grammatical indeterminacy. It looks at gradience in English word classes, phrases, clauses and constructions, and examines how it may be defined and differentiated. Professor Aarts addresses the tension betweenlinguistic concepts and the continuous pheno...

Bas Aarts is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. His previous books include Small Clauses in English: the Nonverbal Types (Mouton de Gruyter, 1992); The Verb in Contemporary English, co-edited with Charles F. Meyer (Cambridge University Press, 1995); English Syntax...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:July 21, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I Theoretical Background2. Categorization in Linguistics3. Grammatical Gradience4. Gradience and Related NotionsPart II Gradience in English Case Studies5. Subsective Gradience6. Intersective Gradience7. Constructional GradiencePart III Formalization8. Modelling Syntactic GradienceReferencesIndex