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Lexical Semantics in LFG cover

Lexical Semantics in LFG

edited by Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King

This volume is a reissue of Papers in Lexical Functional Grammar, originally published in 1983 and out of print for years.

The papers herein deserve renewed access as they contain foundational ideas about the interaction between syntax and lexical semantics that remain highly relevant for current linguistic thinking. Written by contributors whose relevance in the field has withstood the test of time, the topics covered include Italian unaccusatives, Malayalam causatives, derived nominals, resultatives, and non-nominative subjects in Icelandic. The papers are concerned with how and where lexical semantic information should be represented and its interaction with the syntax. All of the papers advocate a representation that allows operations on predicate-argument relations and grammatical relations to be independent of structural configurations.

Miriam Butt is a lecturer in Computational Linguistics at the Centre for Computational Linguistics at UMIST. Tracy Holloway King is a member of the research staff at the Palo Alto Research Center.


  • Contributors
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • 1 Introduction
    Miriam and Annie Zaenen
  • 2 Objects, Themes and Lexical Rules in Italian
    Mark Baker
  • 3 Move NP or Lexical Rules
    K.P. Mohanan
  • 4 On the Nature of Derived Nominals
    Malka Rappaport
  • 5 Resultatives
    Jane Simpson
  • 6 Case and Grammatical Functions: The Icelandic Passive
    Annie Zaenen and Joan Maling and Höskuldur Thránsson
  • Subject Index
  • Name Index
  • Language Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575865122 (9781575865126)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575865114 (9781575865119)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869063 (9781575869063)

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