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Introduction: to write a grammar

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in The Art of Grammar: A Practical Guide

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199683215
eISBN:
9780191764912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683215.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter introduces the concept of a reference grammar, and its importance (with a brief overview of further possible types of grammars). A reference grammar is a piece of scientific analysis. ... More


Deriving the formal ontology of language

Wolfram Hinzen and Michelle Sheehan

in The Philosophy of Universal Grammar

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199654833
eISBN:
9780191747977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654833.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

In Chapter 4, we derive formal-ontological distinctions in the objects we refer to in language from the grammatical dynamics in which such acts of reference are configured. The contention is that ... More


The Art of Grammar: A Practical Guide

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199683215
eISBN:
9780191764912
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683215.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

Linguistics is the science of language, similar to how mathematics is the science of numbers. A reference grammar is a scientific enterprise. It brings together a coherent treatment of each language ... More


Lexical semantic structure

Stephen Wechsler

in Word Meaning and Syntax: Approaches to the Interface

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199279883
eISBN:
9780191757563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279883.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter presents theories of lexical semantic structure. The system of thematic roles in Pāṇini’s ancient grammar of Sanskrit provides background for a presentation of thematic roles in modern ... More


Existentials and locatives in Romance dialects of Italy: Introduction

Delia Bentley

in Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198745266
eISBN:
9780191806230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745266.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter discusses various existing definitions of existential sentence or existential construction and introduces the definition adopted in the volume. This is McNally’s (2011) definition, which ... More


Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy

Delia Bentley, Francesco Maria Ciconte, and Silvio Cruschina

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198745266
eISBN:
9780191806230
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745266.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This volume provides the first ever large-scale comparative treatment of there sentences (there copula NP), reporting the results of a survey of Italo-Romance and Sardinian dialects of Italy. The ... More


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