A Semantics for the English Existential Construction: Volume by Louise McNally

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By Louise McNally

First released in 1997, this ebook 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 would particularly handle different houses 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 real supplement to the existential predicate, in addition to for the declare that the non-compulsory 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 limit may be derived from a extra normal on depictive/circumstantial VP-adjuncts. the ultimate bankruptcy include a few speculative dialogue of the wider implications of the inspiration within the context of information similar to "list" existential and "presentational-there" sentences.

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