In situations and syntactic structures gillian ramchand explores the hierarchy of the verb phrase from a semantic perspective attempting to derive it from semantically sorted zones in the compositional semantics the empirical ground is the auxiliary ordering found in the grammar of english. A new theory of the syntax semantics interface that relies on hierarchical orderings in language with the english auxiliary system as its empirical ground. Situations and syntactic structures rethinking auxiliaries and order in english optional edition gillian ramchand the mit press cambridge massachusetts london england situations and structure gillian ramchandr p cm includes bibliographical references and index. The situation in the title refers to the semanticists notion of eventuality that is the central element of the ontology of the formal semantics of verbal meaning ramchand discusses the semantic notion of situations in relation to the hierarchical ordering evidenced in syntactic structures and tries to bridge semantic and syntactic ontologies. Ramchand keyser situations and syntactic structures rethinking auxiliaries and order in english
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