The Grammar of Names

Paperback | January 31, 2008

byJohn M. Anderson

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This book is the first systematic account of the syntax and semantics of names. Drawing on work in onomastics, philosophy, and linguistics, John Anderson examines the distribution and subcategorization of names within a framework of syntactic categories, and considers how the morphosyntacticbehaviour of names connects to their semantic roles. He argues that names occur in two basic circumstances: one involving vocatives and their use in naming predications, where they are not definite; the other their use as arguments of predicators, where they are definite. This division is discussedin relation to English, French, Greek, and Seri, and a range of other languages. Professor Anderson reveals that the semantic status of names, including prototypicality, is crucial to understanding their morphosyntax and role in derivational relationships. He shows that semantically coherent subsetsof names, such as those referring to people and places, are characterized by morphosyntactic properties which may vary from language to language.

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This book is the first systematic account of the syntax and semantics of names. Drawing on work in onomastics, philosophy, and linguistics, John Anderson examines the distribution and subcategorization of names within a framework of syntactic categories, and considers how the morphosyntacticbehaviour of names connects to their semantic...

John Anderson is Emeritus Professor of English Language at the University of Edinburgh where he worked successively as a lecturer (1966-76), reader (1976-88), and professor (1988-2001). He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail. He has been a visiting professor at univers...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:January 31, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceConventions and AbbreviationsPart I: Why Names?1. Notional Grammar and Names2. Implementation of a National GrammarPart II: Approaches to the Study of Names3. Prelude to a Survey of Name Studies4. Onomastics5. Remarks on the Philosophy of Names6. Studies on the Linguistics of NamesPart III: Towards a Grammar of Names7. Observations Concerning Names and Related Categories8. The Syntax of Names9. Names and the LexiconReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index