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
- Publication Date: 21/11/2013
- Category: Grammar, syntax
- ISBN: 9780415725651
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