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dc.contributor.authorSmith, Luke Madison
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-22T05:30:12Z
dc.date.available2016-01-22T05:30:12Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.othersmith_luke_m_201505_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/smith_luke_m_201505_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/33869
dc.description.abstractOver the past decades, generative attempts to understand the formal syntactic properties of the human language faculty have become unexpectedly entangled with semantics. While classical theories assumed a wide degree of autonomy for the engine of syntax in the language faculty, empirical research into argument structure, syntactic cartography and cross-linguistic alternations has nudged the field toward an understanding of syntax fundamentally linked to a core of semantic processing. Here, I investigate External Possession as a syntactic alternation, in order to fan these flames. I argue that External Possession is a formally uniform, well-motivated and non-arbitrary alternation whose unique semantics and pragmatics come hand-in-hand with its syntactic properties. This reinforces the idea that human syntax is based on a universal structure reducible in part to semantics and pragmatics. I speculate as to the nature of this structure.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectsyntax
dc.subjectsemantics
dc.subjecttheories of grammar
dc.subjectbiolinguistics
dc.subjectpossession
dc.titleExternal possession and the undisentanglability of syntax and semantics
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentLinguistics Program
dc.description.majorLinguistics
dc.description.advisorVera Lee-Schoenfeld
dc.description.committeeVera Lee-Schoenfeld
dc.description.committeeTimothy Gupton
dc.description.committeePilar Chamorro


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