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Title: Lexical Categories
Subtitle: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives
Written By: Mark C. Baker
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 102

For decades, generative linguistics has said little about the differences between verbs, nouns, and adjectives. This book seeks to fill this theoretical gap by presenting simple and substantive syntactic definitions of these three lexical categories. Mark C. Baker claims that the various superficial differences found in particular languages have a single underlying source which can be used to give better characterizations of these 'parts of speech'. These new definitions are supported by data from languages from every continent, including English, Italian, Japanese, Edo, Mohawk, Chichewa, uechua, Choctaw, Nahuatl, Mapuche, and several Austronesian and Australian languages. Baker 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 few previous works on this subject. This book will be welcomed by researchers and students of linguistics and by related cognitive scientists of language.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521001102
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 370
Prices: U.S. $ 26.00
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521806380
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 370
Prices: U.S. $ 70.00
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