New PDF release: A Theory of Aspectuality: The Interaction between Temporal

By Henk J. Verkuyl

ISBN-10: 0521443628

ISBN-13: 9780521443623

Sentences might pertain to states or techniques or occasions. they might show boundedness, period, repetition, frequency, and lots of different kinds of temporality. How do they do that? Henk Verkuyl provides the following a thought approximately aspectual homes of sentences in usual languages. A idea of Aspectuality brings jointly the fruit of his pondering at the topic over the last two decades, and should curiosity all these engaged on element and the semantics of noun words. It grants to be a tremendous contribution to our realizing of the topic.

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This fact has important consequences for the nature and aspirations of semantic theory. In phonetics, each of the terms of the descriptive apparatus is a meaningful item which can be defined. Textbooks and manuals (like Ladefoged 1993 or Laver 1994) exist, in fact, precisely in order to define the meaning of the terms of the study. Phonetics is not, of course, alone in this respect. To the extent to which its subject matter is construed as concerning non-meaningful elements, any field of linguistic inquiry is characterized by a division between the meaningful elements of its theoretical/descriptive apparatus and the non-meaningful elements of the object of study.

As a result, any theory of meaning faces the initial, definitional task of determining how these underlying forms should be brought to light. The importance of this task is underestimated at the risk of a serious misconstrual of both the subject matter, and the results, of semantic research. 2 The definition of metasemantic terms In addition to the contrast between the observable subject matter of morpho-syntax and phonetics, and the unobservable subject matter of semantics, another distinction needs to be recognized between semantics and other linguistics subdisciplines.

Far from providing clear empirical identity conditions for the application of its theoretical constructs, CS has not yet even evolved a stable set of theoretical terms that would form a constrained metalanguage for the representation of meaning. As a result, there are no settled theoretical characterizations in CS of any semantic fact, only a variety of differing interpretations of the conceptualizations hypothesized to underlie individual words. As in other linguistic semantic theories, different investigators produce often radically different theoretical descriptions of the semantic content of the one lexeme (to say nothing of how it is to be related to broader cognitive function), and there is, as yet, no consensus in the scholarly community on the details of the semantic analysis of even a single word.

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