Title: Semantics and Syntax
Subtitle: Parallels and Connections
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 41
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: J. Miller
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521108294 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 18.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521108294 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
This book is concerned with the relationship between semantics and surface structure and in particular with the way in which each is mapped into the other. Jim Miller argues that semantic and syntactic structure require different representations and that semantic structure is far more complex than many analysts realise. He argues further that semantic structure should be based on notions of location and movement. The need for a semantic component of greater complexity is demonstrated by an examination of prepositions, particles, adverbs and verb-prefixes, and is shown to accord with cross-language and historical facts. The volume goes on to consider the sort of rules that are required to map semantic structures onto syntax. Semantics and Syntax tackles fundamental issues and draws together many of the key concepts of traditional grammar and formal linguistics. The general framework for handling syntax, semantics and morphology that it outlines is perhaps a controversial one, but it will be recognized as challenging and original.
Preface; Part I. On morphology and syntax; Part II. Prepositions, particles, prefixes and adverbs: a semantic analysis; Part III. Localism: a theory of semantic structure; Part IV. GET; Part V. On the connections between semantics and syntax; Notes; References; Index.