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At the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface: Verbal Underspecification and Concept Formation in Dynamic Syntax

Lutz Marten

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199250639
eISBN:
9780191719479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250639.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This book develops a new analysis of the interpretation of verb phrases and VP adjunction by arguing that the lexical subcategorization information of verbs is systematically underspecified and is ... More


The Innate Endowment for Language: Underspecified or Overspecified?

Mark C. Baker

in The Innate Mind: Structure and Contents

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195179675
eISBN:
9780199869794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179675.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines two different views of universal grammar. Most linguists assume that universal grammar is underspecified — providing us with an incomplete grammar to be elaborated by learning. ... More


Saying More (or Less) Than One Thing

Andrea Iacona

in Cuts and Clouds: Vagueness, its Nature, & its Logic

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199570386
eISBN:
9780191722134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570386.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter is based on the idea that there is an important sense in which the things we say may involve a degree of specificity that goes beyond what we have in mind when we say them. In that ... More


Features, sounds, complex sounds, and the No Contour Principle

San Duanmu

in Syllable Structure: The Limits of Variation

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199267590
eISBN:
9780191708367
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267590.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter reviews feature theory and discusses what speech sounds are and their representation in features and articulators. The focus is on possible and impossible complex sounds, which is ... More


Meaning Representation: Setting the Scene

K.M. Jaszczolt

in Default Semantics: Foundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199261987
eISBN:
9780191718656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter addresses the cutting edge question of the semantics/pragmatics boundary, discusses semantic underspecification, logical form, the notion of ‘what is said’, and the contrast between ... More


Verbal Underspecification

LUTZ MARTEN

in At the Syntax-Pragmatics Interface: Verbal Underspecification and Concept Formation in Dynamic Syntax

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199250639
eISBN:
9780191719479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250639.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter develops the main syntactic proposal of the book, namely the underspecified nature of verbal subcategorization. The discussion begins by setting out notions of incrementality which ... More


Syntax and non‐linearity

John M. Anderson

in The Substance of Language Volume III: Phonology-Syntax Analogies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608331
eISBN:
9780191732119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608331.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Phonetics / Phonology

Various analogies involving properties that have a scope that is extrasegmental (in phonology) or clausal (in syntax) are presented. Vowel harmony has an analogy in sequence of tenses, as does umlaut ... More


Syncretism

Adam Albright and Eric Fuß

in The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199573721
eISBN:
9780199573738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Phonetics / Phonology

This chapter surveys current theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of syncretism, that is, cases where morphology fails to mark a morphosyntactically relevant featural distinction. We first review ... More


The Logic of Contrast

B. Elan Dresher

in Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262062787
eISBN:
9780262273152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter examines the notion of contrast in phonology and gives a formal account of two competing approaches to assigning contrastive feature specifications: contrast based on an ordering of ... More


Flexible Word Classes: Typological studies of underspecified parts of speech

Jan Rijkhoff and Eva van Lier (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199668441
eISBN:
9780191748707
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668441.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Language Families

This book is the first major cross-linguistic study of ‘flexible words’, i.e. words that cannot be classified in terms of the traditional lexical categories Verb, Noun, Adjective or Adverb. This is ... More


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