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Lexical Categories

Lexical Categories
Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521001106

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  • Mark C. Baker investigates the fundamental nature of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. He claims that the various superficial differences found in particular languages have a single underlying source which can be used to provide better definitions of these "parts of speech". The new definitions are supported by data from languages from every continent. Baker's book argues for a formal, syntax-oriented, and universal approach to the parts of speech, as opposed to the functionalist, semantic, and relativist approaches that have dominated the subject.

    • Presents a formal theory of the basic 'parts of speech'
    • Claims that the parts of speech can be given simple, universally valid definitions
    • Definitions are supported by data from languages from every continent
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    '… this book, which contains comprehensive and dynamic grammatical consequences of the universal three-way category system, is an important contribution to our understanding of lexical categories, which, seemingly self-evident, have escaped a good theoretical explanation.' Studies in English Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521001106
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    1. The problem of the lexical categories
    2. Verbs as licensers of subjects
    3. Nouns as bearers of a referential index
    4. Adjectives as neither nouns nor verbs
    5. Lexical categories and the nature of the grammar
    Appendix: Adpositions as functional categories
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Mark C. Baker, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Mark C. Baker is Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Science. He is the author of Incorporation: A Theory of Grammatical Function Changing (1988), The Polysynthesis Parameter (1996), and The Atoms of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules of Grammar (2001), as well as of numerous articles in journals such as Linguistic Inquiry and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.

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