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Nominal Constructions in Modern Greek

Implications for the Architecture of Grammar

Dimitra Kolliakou

The study of nominals, linguistic expressions whose core constituent is characteristically a noun, is of great interest to both theoretical and computational linguists. Their internal structure, meaning, and use address intriguing issues of semantics and pragmatics that are intrinsically related to syntactic matters. Dimitra Kolliakou provides a detailed description and formal analysis of a wide range of intricate linguistic phenomena concerning nominal constructions in Modern Greek, while exploring the implications of these phenomena for the architecture of grammar both at a theoretical and computational level. In particular, this book supports the integration of semantic and contextual information in the grammar, formalizing it within the multi-dimensional framework of Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar.

Dimitra Kolliakou is a professor in the Department of English Literary and Linguistic Studies at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Contents

  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Nominal Structures
    • 2.1 Nominals
    • 2.2 Determiners
      • 2.2.1 A specifier approach: Pollard and Sag 1994
      • 2.2.2 A head analysis: Netter 1994
      • 2.2.3 A revised analysis of determiners as heads
    • 2.3 Numerals
      • 2.3.1 Previous work
      • 2.3.2 A syntax and semantics of numerals
    • 2.4 Adjectives

  • 3 Weak Form Possessives
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Basic data and previous work
      • 3.2.1 Basic data
      • 3.2.2 Alexiadou and Stavrou 2000
      • 3.2.3 Taylor 1996
    • 3.3 Evidence in support of the affixal approach
      • 3.3.1 Syntactic evidence
      • 3.3.2 Phonological evidence
    • 3.4 A composition approach to Greek nominals
      • 3.4.1 Argument composition
      • 3.4.2 Complement composition

  • 4 Monadic Definites and Polydefinites
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 The special import of polydefinites
      • 4.2.1 Polydefinites and deaccenting
      • 4.2.2 The Non-monotone Anaphora Hypothesis
      • 4.2.3 The Polydefiniteness Constraint
      • 4.2.4 Consequences of the proposal
    • 4.3 Morphosyntax of definites
      • 4.3.1 The affixal status of the definite article
      • 4.3.2 Against a head treatment
      • 4.3.3 A composition approach
      • 4.3.4 Further constraints
    • 4.4 Semantics of definites
      • 4.4.1 The storage method: background
      • 4.4.2 Monadics and polydefinites
      • 4.4.3 Polydefinites and contextual constraints

  • 5 The Split Nature of Genetives
    • 5.1 Greek genitives: previous work
      • 5.1.1 Traditional classifications
      • 5.1.2 Deverbal nouns, arguments and thematic adjuncts
      • 5.1.3 Functional structure and event
    • 5.2 French genitives
      • 5.2.1 The thematic hierarchy hypothesis
      • 5.2.2 Problems for the thematic hierarchy hypothesis
    • 5.3 Individuals and property denotation
      • 5.3.1 Property-dentoating genitives and the Nominal Denotation Hypothesis
      • 5.3.2 Individual-denoting genitives: the intrinsic/extrinsic distinction

  • 6 The Nominal Denotation Hypothesis
    • 6.1 Distribution
      • 6.1.1 Denotation type and number of genitives
      • 6.1.2 Complex event nouns and result nouns
      • 6.1.3 IDPs, PDPs and the event/result noun distinction
      • 6.1.4 Word order
    • 6.2 Anaphora
      • 6.2.1 Preliminaries
      • 6.2.2 Pronominalization effects
      • 6.2.3 Relativization effects
    • 6.3 Aspectual asymmetries
      • 6.3.1 The Affectedness Hypothesis
      • 6.3.2 Greek nouns and pronominal objects
      • 6.3.3 Telicity and the IDP/PDP partition
    • 6.4 Definiteness, specificity and nominal denotation
      • 6.4.1 The distribution of genitives in definites and indefinites
      • 6.4.2 Specificity and IDPs
    • 6.5 Lack of cope variability

  • 7 IDPs and PDPs: an HPSG account
    • 7.1 The content attribute of IPDs and PDPs
    • 7.2 Combinatorial syntax and semantics: IDPs
      • 7.2.1 Intrinsic and extrinsic genitives
      • 7.2.2 Pronominal affixes
      • 7.2.3 Predictions
    • 7.3 Combinatorial syntax and semantics

  • References

5/1/2003

ISBN (Paperback): 1575864401 (9781575864402)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575864398 (9781575864396)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869373 (9781575869377)

Subject: Language and Linguistics

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