Word Meaning and Syntax: Approaches to the Interface

Paperback | April 16, 2015

byStephen Wechsler

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This book examines the nature of the interface between word meaning and syntax, one of the most controversial and elusive issues in contemporary linguistics. It approaches the interface from both sides of the relation, and surveys a range of views on the mapping between them, with an emphasison lexical approaches to argument structure. Stephen Wechsler begins by analysing the fundamental problem of word meaning, with discussions of vagueness and polysemy, complemented with a look at the roles of world knowledge and normative aspects of word meaning. He then surveys the argument-takingproperties of verbs and other predicators, and presents key theories of lexical semantic structure. Later chapters provide a description of formal theories and frameworks for capturing the mapping from word meaning to syntactic structure, as well as arguments in favour of a lexicalist approach toargument structure. The book will interest scholars of theoretical linguistics, particularly in the fields of syntax and lexical semantics, as well as those interested in psycholinguistics and philosophy of language.

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This book examines the nature of the interface between word meaning and syntax, one of the most controversial and elusive issues in contemporary linguistics. It approaches the interface from both sides of the relation, and surveys a range of views on the mapping between them, with an emphasison lexical approaches to argument structure....

Stephen Wechsler is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas. He specializes in lexicalist approaches to syntax, and his research focuses on three areas: self-reference and person systems; the interface between syntax and word meaning; and morphosyntax (case and agreement). His publications include The Semantic Basis of Argu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.8 inPublished:April 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279896

ISBN - 13:9780199279890

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Table of Contents

1. The role of word meaning in syntax2. Word meaning3. Argument alternations and cognates4. Lexical semantic structure5. Argument mapping approaches6. The lexical-constructional debate7. Some battlegrounds in the theory wars8. Postscript