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Topics in the Syntax and Semantics of Infinitives and Gerunds

1st Edition

By Gennaro Chierchia


488 pages

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This title, first published in 1988, is an inquiry into the nature of predication in natural language. The study is based on the hypothesis that infinitives and gerunds are not clausal or propositional constructions and attempts to provide support for such a hypothesis, whilst also drawing from analysis of various anaphoric phenomena. This title will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.

Table of Contents

1. Theories of Properties and Natural Language Semantics 2. Locally Configurational Grammar 3. Distributional Properties of Predicative Expressions and the Semantics of Nominalization 4. Control and Semantic Structure

About the Author

Gennaro Chierchia is Haas Foundations Professor of Linguistics at Harvard. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. His work and study focus on areas including semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, and language pathology.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Syntax

This set reissues 22 books on syntax, originally published between 1971 and 1994. Together, the volumes cover key topics within the larger subject of syntax, including reflexivization, morphology and syntactical theory. Written by an international set of scholars, particular volumes focus on languages such as French and Spanish, whilst other volumes are devoted specifically to syntax in the English language. This collection provides insight and perspective on various elements of syntax over a period of over 20 years and demonstrates its enduring importance as a field of research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax