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Complex Predicates and Information Spreading in LFG cover

Complex Predicates and Information Spreading in LFG

Avery D. Andrews and Christopher D. Manning

This book provides a simple but precise framework for describing complex predicates and related constructions, and applies it principally to the analysis of complex predicates in Romance, and certain serial verb constructions in Tariana and Miskitu. The authors argue for replacing the projection architecture of LFG with a notion of differential information spreading within a unified feature structure. Another important feature is the use of the conception of argument-structure in Chris Manning's Ergativity to facilitate the description of how complex predicates are assembled. In both of these aspects the result is a framework that preserves the descriptive parsimony of LFG while taking on key ideas from HPSG.

Avery D. Andrews is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the Australian National University. Christopher D. Manning is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Sydney.


  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction
    • 1 Arguments for mulitiple notions of head and differential spreading
    • 2 Projections as restriction classes
    • 3 Prospectus
  • 2 Predicate Composition
    • 1 Predicate composition in Urdu
    • 2 Predicate composition in Romance
    • 3 Wagiman coverbs
  • 3 Romance Complex Predicates
    • 1 An analysis via restriction projections
    • 2 A monoclausal array of grammatical relations
    • 3 Similarities and contrasts with HPSG
    • 4 Conclusion
  • 4 Serial Verb Constructions
    • 1 Serial verbs in Tariana
    • 2 Misumalpan causatives
    • 3 A resource logic proposal
  • 5 Conclusions and Prospects
  • A Glue Language Semantics
  • B Previous Proposals
    • 1 Projection architectures
    • 2 Kaplan and Wedekind's restrictions proposal
    • 3 A resource logic proposal
  • Bibliography
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback): 157586164X (9781575861647)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575861658 (9781575861654)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869926 (9781575869926)

Subject: Linguistics; Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG); Grammar--Verb Phrase

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