Syntactic Gradience

Syntactic Gradience

The Nature of Grammatical Indeterminacy

eBook - 2007
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Oxford University Press
This is the first exhaustive investigation of gradience in syntax, conceived of as grammatical indeterminacy. It looks at gradience in English word classes, phrases, clauses and constructions, and examines how it may be defined and differentiated. Professor Aarts addresses the tension between linguistic concepts and the continuous phenomena they describe by testing and categorizing grammatical vagueness and indeterminacy. He considers to what extent gradience is a grammatical phenomenon or a by-product of imperfect linguistic description, and makes a series of linked proposals for its theoretical formalization.

Bas Aarts draws on, and reviews, work in psychology, philosophy and language from Aristotle to Chomsky., and writes clearly on a fascinating and important aspect of language and cognition. His book will appeal to scholars and graduate students of language and syntactic theory in departments of (English) linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science.


Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN: 9780191527456
0191527459
9780199219278
9780199219261
0199219273
0199219265
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 280 pages) : illustrations

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