New PDF release: A Semantics for the English Existential Construction: Volume

By Louise McNally

First released in 1997, this publication addresses the query: what's the interpretation of English there-existential development? one of many primary ambitions is to boost an interpretation for the development that may particularly deal with different homes of the postcopular DP. After outlining the matter, the writer is going directly to current a syntactic motivation for the declare that the postcopular DP is the only supplement to the existential predicate, in addition to for the declare that the not obligatory ultimate word is a predictive adjunct. In bankruptcy three the translation for the elemental existential development is constructed after which in comparison to analyses that take the postcopular DP to indicate a standard person or a generalised quantifier of people. This research is then augmented to account for the contribution of the ultimate XP and exhibits how the predicate restrict might be derived from a extra common situation on depictive/circumstantial VP-adjuncts. the ultimate bankruptcy include a few speculative dialogue of the wider implications of the thought within the context of information corresponding to "list" existential and "presentational-there" sentences.

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