By Hagit Borer

Structuring Sense explores the adaptation among phrases besides the fact that outlined and buildings notwithstanding built. It units out to illustrate over 3 volumes, of which this is often the 1st, that the reason of linguistic competence might be shifted from lexical access to syntactic constitution, from reminiscence of phrases to manipulation of principles. Its reformulation of the way grammar and lexicon have interaction has profound implications for linguistic, philosophical, and mental theories approximately human brain and language.

Hagit Borer departs from either constructional techniques to syntax and the lengthy generative culture that makes use of the note because the nucleus round which the syntax grows. She argues that the hierarchical, summary constructions of language are common, no longer language particular, and that language version emerges from the morphological and phonological homes of inflectional material.

In identify Only applies this radical method of nominal constitution. Integrating examine in syntax, semantics, and morphology, the writer argues that nominal constitution relies at the syntactic consciousness of semantic notions akin to classifier, volume, and reference. within the strategy she seeks to eliminate lexical ambiguity and type-shifting. one of the themes she considers are the translation of right names, the mass-count contrast, the weak-strong interpretation of quantifiers, partitive and degree words, and the structural illustration of the convinced article. within the method she explores inter-language edition in the course of the homes of the morpho-phonological procedure. The languages mentioned contain English, chinese language, Italian, and Hebrew.

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