Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Existence: Semantics and Syntax

Editors: Comorovski, Ileana, von Heusinger, Klaus (Eds.)

  • Considers the three main aspects of the linguistic expression of existence: copular clauses, existential sentences, and (in)definiteness
  • Offers a crosslinguistic perspective on the linguistic expression of existence
  • Presents a richness of new data
  • Uses state-of-the-art theoretical approaches
  • Analyzes the interaction between the basic notion of existence and pervasive phenomena of natural languages, such as quantification and presupposition
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This collection is an important contribution to the semantic and syntactic analysis of the expression of existence. The volume focuses on the three main linguistic constructions expressing existence: copular clauses, existential sentences, and (in)definiteness. The papers analyze the interaction between the basic notion of existence and pervasive phenomena of natural language, such as quantification and presupposition. The contributions represent state of the art research on theoretical and comparative issues related to the expression of existence, and make extensive reference to the semantic and syntactic facts of English and of various other languages. The richness of new data and the juxtaposition of different theoretical stances bring a number of new questions into focus.

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From the reviews: "...the volume presents a number of novel, thought-provoking proposals and makes for worthwhile reading." (Itamar Francez and Louise McNally, The Journal of Linguistics, volume 46, 2010)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Towards a Dynamic Account of BE in English

    Cann, Ronnie

    Pages 13-48

  • Constituent Questions and the Copula of Specification

    Comorovski, Ileana

    Pages 49-77

  • Predication and Equation in Copular Sentences: Russian vs. English

    Geist, Ljudmila

    Pages 79-105

  • On Davidsonian and Kimian States

    Maienborn, Claudia

    Pages 107-130

  • Focus and the Basic Function of Chinese Existential You-Sentences

    Hu, Jianhua (et al.)

    Pages 133-145

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Existence: Semantics and Syntax
Editors
  • Ileana Comorovski
  • Klaus von Heusinger
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
84
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6197-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6197-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6196-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6198-1
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 336
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