1st Edition

Existential Sentences in English





ISBN 9781138969285
Published December 7, 2015 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

In order to bring some minimal amount of order to the chaos that almost inevitably attends the use of the word ‘existential’ in a linguistic investigation, the author reserved the term existential sentence (ES) to designate all and only those English sentences in which there appears an occurrence of the unstressed, non-deictic, ‘existential’ there. Thus the term will be used as a characterisation of a class of syntactic objects, not as a semantic description. With ES sentences including formations such as ‘There were several people talking’ and ‘There ensued a riot’, perhaps nowhere else do we find so clearly displayed the complexity and subtlety of the syntactic and semantic interactions which determine the nature of human language.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Do We Have to Have a There-Insertion Rule?  1. ES and the There-Insertion Analysis  2. Emonds’ Analysis  3. The PS Hypothesis  4. The Cleft Reduction Hypothesis  5. The Loc-Front Proposal  Part 2: What Can Be Done About It?  6. Ontological, Locational, and Periphrastic ES  7. Verbal ES

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