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Semantics and Morphosyntactic Variation: Qualities and the Grammar of Property Concepts

Itamar Francez and Andrew Koontz-Garboden


Systematic variation in form between semantic equivalents across languages is a key explanandum of linguistic theory. Two contrasting views of the role of lexical semantics in the analysis of such variation can be found in the literature: (1) uniformity, whereby lexical meaning is universal, and morphosyntactic variation arises from idiosyncratic differences in the inventory and phonological shape of language-particular functional material, and (2) transparency, whereby systematic variation in form arises from systematic variation in the meaning of basic lexical items. This volume contrasts th ... More

Keywords: property concepts, adjectives, lexical semantics, qualities, mass nouns, lexical categories, morphosyntactic variation, semantic variation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744580
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Itamar Francez, author
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Chicago

Andrew Koontz-Garboden, author
Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester