Categorial Features: A Generative Theory of Word Class Categories (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 145)

Categorial Features: A Generative Theory of Word Class Categories (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 145)

By: Phoevos Panagiotidis (author)Hardback

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Proposing a novel theory of parts of speech, this book discusses categorization from a methodological and theoretical point a view. It draws on discoveries and insights from a number of approaches - typology, cognitive grammar, notional approaches, and generative grammar - and presents a generative, feature-based theory. Building on up-to-date research and the latest findings and ideas in categorization and word-building, Panagiotidis combines the primacy of categorical features with a syntactic categorization approach, addressing the fundamental, but often overlooked, questions in grammatical theory. Designed for graduate students and researchers studying grammar and syntax, this book is richly illustrated with examples from a variety of languages and explains elements and phenomena central to the nature of human language.

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Phoevos Panagiotidis is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus.


1. Theories of grammatical category; 2. Are word class categories universal?; 3. Syntactic decomposition and categorizers; 4. Categorial features; 5. Functional categories; 6. Mixed projections and functional categorizers; 7. A summary and the bigger picture; Appendix. Notes on Baker (2003).

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  • publication date: 30/11/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107038110
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781107038110
  • weight: 460
  • ISBN10: 1107038111

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