The semantics, syntax, and morphology of Transparent Free Relatives revisited; a comparison of two approaches

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Abstract

This article proposes to go beyond the earlier literature on Transparent Free Relatives (TFRs) by pursuing three interrelated goals: (i) To provide a sharper descriptive and analytical characterization of the semantic and pragmatic distinctions between TFRs on the one hand and Free Relatives (FRs) with a comparable internal configurational structure on the other. (ii) To provide for a number of representative sub-kinds of TFRs a compositional semantics substantially more detailed and precise than has previously been offered (in particular, in Grosu 2003, section 6). (iii) To carry out a comprehensive comparison of two views of the configurational structure of TFRs, by examining the extent to which each of them can deal with the syntactic, morphological, semantic and pragmatic properties of TFRs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1280
Number of pages36
JournalNatural Language and Linguistic Theory
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Counterparts/guises
  • Individual concepts
  • T(ransparent) F(ree) R(elatives)
  • The FR-TFR distinction

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