The Syntax and Semantics of Pseudo-Incorporation

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Editors: Olga Borik and Berit Gehrke
This volume brings together recent research on the semantics and syntax of pseudo-incorporation (PI), which is a construction of crucial significance for linguistic explorations as it brings together several fundamental areas of linguistic research, such as morphology, argument structure, modification, discourse and information structure. The main purpose of the book is to further improve our understanding of the phenomenon, expand the domain of inquiry by bringing into focus new empirical data from a wide array of languages, offer new formal analyses of PI, and strengthen the links with other related phenomena, such as bare nominals. Focusing on various properties of PI the articles in this volume set an excellent ground for further expansion of research in PI and related topics.

Contributors are Michael Barrie, Olga Borik, Veneeta Dayal, Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Werner Frey, Berit Gehrke, Ion Giurgea, Audrey Li, Fereshteh Modarresi, Olav Mueller-Reichau, Natalia Serdobolskaya, and Henriëtte de Swart.
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Biographical Note

Olga Borik, Ph.D. (2002), Utrecht University, is a researcher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has published a monograph and several articles on aspect and tense, as well as articles on morphology-semantics interface, argument structure, syntax and semantics of participles and kind reference.

Berit Gehrke, Ph.D. (2008), Utrecht University, is a CNRS researcher at the University Paris Diderot. She has published on the semantics and syntax of events, argument and event structure, prepositions and verbal prefixes, adverbial and adjectival modification.

Contributors are Michael Barrie, Olga Borik, Veneeta Dayal, Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Werner Frey, Berit Gehrke, Ion Giurgea, Audrey Li, Fereshteh Modarresi, Olav Mueller-Reichau, Natalia Serdobolskaya, and Henriëtte de Swart.

Table of contents

An Introduction to the Syntax and Semantics of Pseudo-Incorporation
Olga Borik and Berit Gehrke

part 1: General Questions: Delimiting the Phenomenon; Pseudo-Incorporation and Bare Nominals

Incorporation: Morpho-Syntactic vs. Semantic Considerations
Veneeta Dayal

Weak Reference and Property Denotation. Two Types of Pseudo-Incorporated Bare Nominals
Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin and Ion Giurgea

Constructions with and without Articles
Henriëtte de Swart

part 2: Case Studies: The Role of Case and the Discourse Properties of Pseudo-Incorporated Nominals

The Semantics of (Pseudo) Incorporation and Case
Michael Barrie and Audrey Li

Discourse Properties of Bare Noun Objects
Fereshteh Modarresi

part 3: Possible Empirical Extensions

NP-Incorporation in German
Werner Frey

Pseudo-Incorporation in Russian? Aspectual Competition and Bare Singular Interpretation
Olav Mueller-Reichau

Pseudoincorporation Analysis of Unmarked Direct Objects in Mari
Natalia Serdobolskaya

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Readership

The volume is intended for researchers interested in incorporation, arguments, modification, number, case, discourse, interface, compounding, nominal, bare nominals, and argument structure. Parts of the volume (e.g. the introduction) can be used by graduate students and high-level undergraduates.

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