Existential Sentences in English, Hardback Book

Existential Sentences in English Hardback

Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Linguistics series


In order to bring some minimal amount of order to the chaos that almost inevitably attends the use of the word `existential' in a linguistic investigation, the author reserved the term existential sentence (ES) to designate all and only those English sentences in which there appears an occurrence of the unstressed, non-deictic, `existential' there.

Thus the term will be used as a characterisation of a class of syntactic objects, not as a semantic description.

With ES sentences including formations such as `There were several people talking' and `There ensued a riot', perhaps nowhere else do we find so clearly displayed the complexity and subtlety of the syntactic and semantic interactions which determine the nature of human language.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Grammar, syntax
  • ISBN: 9780415725651

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