Existential Sentences (RLE Linguistics B: Grammar)

Their Structure and Meaning

By Michael Lumsden

© 2014 – Routledge

272 pages

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pub: 2013-11-21
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What is the relationship between the structure of existential sentences and their meaning? How do hearers interpret existential sentences using pragmatic assumptions? This study attempts to account for the relationship between the structure of existential sentences (ES) and their meaning. The study of ES has received a great deal of attention because the construction has complex syntactic properties, is associated with restrictions of a semantic nature, and provides an interesting area for investigation at a pragmatic level.

Table of Contents

1. Syntax of ES 2. Opacity, Specificity, and ES 3. The Quantification Effect 4. Further Aspects of the QE 5. ES and the Property Predication Restriction 6. The Meaning of ES: Further Aspects 7. Conclusion

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General