Possessives in English: An Exploration in Cognitive Grammar (Hardback)
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Possessives in English: An Exploration in Cognitive Grammar (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 26/09/1996
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This book is about a single morpheme - the possessive morpheme - in English. Often realized as 's, it occurs in a variety of constructions (the man's hat, a friend of mine, without my saying so, a girls' school). What does the morpheme actually mean? What category does it belong to? What is its contribution to the meaning of the expression in which it occurs? And how can we account for the various restrictions on its use? Dr Taylor proposes a unitary account of the morpheme, within the theoretical framework of Cognitive Grammar. In the earlier chapters he introduces and explains the conceptual apparatus of the theory, and in the later chapters he develops a coherent account of the full range of possessive constructions. A special feature of this book is that it also provides a wide-ranging critique of alternative, and especially Government and Binding accounts of possessive expression, highlighting the profound conceptual differences between the contrasting approaches as well as some of the points of convergence.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198235866
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 783 g
Dimensions: 242 x 161 x 27 mm


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destined to become one of the keystone texts of this specific school of theorization and research ... This remarkable monograph would be of great value to anyone interested in cognitive linguistics, and cognitive grammar in particular. * Linguist List 12.1731 *
meticulously written, cogent and profound ... this book must be credited with overall success because of exhaustive material, the richness of the analysis and the way it presents its ideas. * Linguist List 12.1731 *
Few topics in English linguistics match the possessive in richness of construction types, token frequency, and the challenge for both a syntactician and a semanticist. Yet, apart from a number of recent dissertations and a monograph or two, this may be the first full-bore, book-length treatment of the English possessive, which makes Taylor's book a welcome addition to the growing body of literature approaching the syntax-semantics interface . . . it is an excellent starting point, and one which can lead us further into a much-desired convergence of theoretical frameworks. * Chris Barker and Maria Polinsky, University of San Diego, Language, 74(4) *

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