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Books: General Ling, Syntax: Baker

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  1. jreid, Lexical Categories: Baker

Message 1: Lexical Categories: Baker

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 12:12:46 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Lexical Categories: Baker

Title: Lexical Categories
Subtitle: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 102
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 

Book URL:			
Author: Mark C. Baker, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 

Hardback: ISBN: 0521806380, Pages: 364, Price: $70.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521001102, Pages: 364, Price: $26.00


Mark C. Baker investigates the fundamental nature of nouns, verbs, and
adjectives. He claims that the various superficial differences found
in particular languages have a single underlying source which can be
used to provide better definitions of these "parts of speech". The new
definitions are supported by data from languages from every
continent. Baker's book argues for a formal, syntax-oriented, and
universal approach to the parts of speech, as opposed to the
functionalist, semantic, and relativist approaches that have dominated
the subject.


1. The Problem of the Lexical Categories; 2. Verbs as Licensers of
Subjects; 3. Nouns as Bearers of a Referential Index; 4. Adjectives as
Neither Nouns nor Verbs; 5. Lexical Categories and the Nature of the
Grammar; Appendix: Adpositions as Functional Categories

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 102

Lingfield(s): General Linguistics, Syntax
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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