Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Predicates and Their Subjects

Authors: Rothstein, Susan

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Predicates and their Subjects is an in-depth study of the syntax-semantics interface focusing on the structure of the subject-predicate relation. Starting from where the author's 1983 dissertation left off, the book argues that there is syntactic constraint that clauses (small and tensed) are constructed out of a one-place unsaturated expression, the predicate, which must be applied to a syntactic argument, its subject. The author shows that this predication relation cannot be reduced to a thematic relation or a projection of argument structure, but must be a purely syntactic constraint. Chapters in the book show how the syntactic predication relation is semantically interpreted, and how the predication relation explains constraints on DP-raising and on the distribution of pleonastics in English. The second half of the book extends the theory of predication to cover copular constructions; it includes an account of the structure of small clauses in Hebrew, of the use of `be' in predicative and identity sentences in English, and concludes with a study of the meaning of the verb `be'.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Predicates and Their Subjects
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
74
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0690-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0690-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6409-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2058-2
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 352
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