Categorization and Category Change

This collection of selected papers addresses theoretical and empirical issues related to lexical categories, categorization and category change. Any grammatical description makes use of parts-of-speech. The proper set of lexical categories and the definitions of their properties cross-linguistically has been a remnant issue in linguistics since the beginnings of grammatical description. Besides, the traditional classification of lexical classes with their morphological, syntactic and/or interpretational properties has led to the emergence of mixed categories, which are problematic in linguistic theory, since the current systems, either feature-based or syntactic, have no means to express fuzziness.

This volume addresses both these issues in two thematic parts. The first part, “Categories and categorization”, consists of papers that tackle the problem of defining categories and mixed categories and its reflex on the inventory. The second part, “Issues in category change”, comprises investigations on category change, focusing on nominalizations, which is the test ground for a theory of category change and word formation. The papers included in this part discuss, among others, the similarities and mismatches between derived nominals and the corresponding verbs in terms of argument realization and eventive interpretation.

The languages investigated in the volume include English, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. This book targets researchers and advanced students in theoretical linguistics.

Gianina Iordăchioaia is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Collaborative Research Center 732, “Incremental Specification in Context”, at the University of Stuttgart. She received a PhD from the University of Tübingen in 2010. Her current work concerns the morphology-syntax and the syntax-semantics interface of nominalizations derived from verbs and adjectives.

Isabelle Roy is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University Paris 8 and holds a Chaire d’Excellence in First Language Acquisition. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2006. She is the author of Nonverbal Predication (Oxford University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of the Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes, issue 40, on nominalizations.

Kaori Takamine is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In 2010, she received a PhD from the University of Tromsø with a thesis entitled “The Postpositional Hierarchy and its Mapping to Clause Structure in Japanese”. Her current research includes nominal structure, deixis, adpositions, and adverbials.

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Mariangeles Cano

Antonio Fabregas

Gianina Iordăchioaia

Laura A. Janda

Björn Lundquist

Fabienne Martin

Isabelle Roy

Florian Schäfer

Elena Soare

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ISBN: 1-4438-5140-X

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-5140-4

Release Date: 12th November 2013

Pages: 195

Price: £39.99