While all languages can achieve the same basic communicative ends, they each use different means to achieve them, particularly in the divergent ways that syntax, semantics and pragmatics interact across languages. Written within the framework of Role and Reference Grammar, which proposes a set of rules to link semantic and syntactic relations to each other, this book discusses in detail how structure, meaning, and communicative function interact in human languages. Clearly written and comprehensive, it will be welcomed by all those working on the interface between syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
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Robert D. Van Valin Jr. is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at the State University of New York, Buffalo.Review:
'this book on RRG linguistic theory succeeds to provide a fresh and deep analytic view on the exploration of the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics interfaces ... A special remark should emphasize the cross-linguistic value of the whole investigation within the book.' Zentralblatt MATH
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