Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

The Language of Propositions and Events

Issues in the Syntax and the Semantics of Nominalization

Authors: Zucchi, Alessandro

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At a superficial examination, English has different types of nominals with similar meaning and distribution: (1)a. John's performance ofthe song b. J ohn' s performing of the song c. John's performing the song d. the fact that John performs the song These nominals are also perceived by English speakers to be related to the same sentential construction: (2) John performs the song A more accurate inspection reveals, however, that the nominals in (1) differ both in their distribution and in the range of interpretations they allow. An adequate theory of nominalization should explicate rigorously how nominals of the types in (1) are related to sentential construction (2), and should also account for their distributional differences and meaning differences. The task of this book is to develop such a theory. I defend two main theses. The first is that, in order to provide an adequate semantics for the nominals in (1), one needs to distinguish among three types of entities in the domain of discourse (in addition to the type of ordinary individuals): events, propositions, and states xiii XIV PREFACE of affairs. I argue that the nominals in (1) differ in their ability to denote entities of these types and that predicates differ in their ability to select for them.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Language of Propositions and Events
Book Subtitle
Issues in the Syntax and the Semantics of Nominalization
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
51
Copyright
1993
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8161-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8161-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-2437-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4310-8
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 286
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