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Situations and Syntactic Structures: Rethinking Auxiliaries and Order in English

Gillian Ramchand


Syntax has shown that there is a hierarchical ordering of projections within the verb phrase, although researchers differ with respect to how fine grained they assume the hierarchy to be). This book explores the hierarchy of the verb phrase from a semantic perspective, attempting to derive it from semantically sorted zones in the compositional semantics. The empirical ground is the auxiliary ordering found in the grammar of English. A new theory of semantic zones is proposed and formalized, and explicit semantic and morphological analyses are presented of all the auxiliary constructions of Eng ... More

Keywords: syntax-semantics interface, functional sequence, auxiliaries, aspect, tense, modality, hierarchical order, verb phrase, perfect, passive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037754
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037754.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Ramchand, author
University of Tromsø