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Louise McNally's A Semantics for the English Existential Construction: Volume PDF

By Louise McNally

First released in 1997, this booklet addresses the query: what's the interpretation of English there-existential development? one of many imperative targets is to improve an interpretation for the development that might particularly deal with 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 not obligatory ultimate word is a predictive adjunct. In bankruptcy three the translation for the elemental existential building is constructed after which in comparison to analyses that take the postcopular DP to indicate a typical person or a generalised quantifier of people. This research is then augmented to account for the contribution of the ultimate XP and indicates how the predicate limit could be derived from a extra basic on depictive/circumstantial VP-adjuncts. the ultimate bankruptcy include a few speculative dialogue of the wider implications of the notion within the context of information comparable to "list" existential and "presentational-there" sentences.

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