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The Nature and Function of Syntactic Categories by Robert D. Borsley

The Nature and Function of Syntactic Categories

Part of the Syntax and Semantics Series


The Nature and Function of Syntactic Categories by Robert D. Borsley

To paraphrase, of the making of syntactic categories there is no end. For any theory of syntax, questions arise about its classificatory scheme: what are the categories? What properties do they have? How do they relate to each other? Eleven essays address these questions by inquiring whether there is a clear distinction between lexical and functional categories, how syntactic categories relate to semantic categories, the relation between syntactic and morphological information, as well as other inquiries. Above all the essays highlight the centrality of questions about syntactic categories for a number of different theoretical frameworks. It discusses a broad range of questions about syntactic categories and presents a number of theoretical frameworks.

About the Author

Robert D. Borsley is Professor of the Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written many papers on English, Welsh, Breton,and Polish syntax. He is author of Syntactic Theory: A Unified Approach (1991), Modern Phrase Structure Grammar (1996) and co-editor of The Syntax of the Celtic Languages (1996). He is also editor of Journal of Linguistics.

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Publication date

15th October 1999


Robert D. Borsley

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Academic Press Inc an imprint of Brill


368 pages


Grammar, syntax & morphology
Semantics, discourse analysis, etc
Grammar & vocabulary



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