This extended investigation of the semantics of event (and state) sentences in their various forms is a contribution to the semantics of natural language, encompassing issues in linguistics, philosophy and logic. It develops the view that the logical forms of simple English sentences typically contain quantification over events or states and shows how this view can account for a wide variety of semantic phenomena. Focusing on the structure of meaning in English sentences at a "subatomic" level - that is, a level below the one most theories accept as basic or "atomic", Parsons asserts that the semantics of simple English sentences require logical forms somewhat more complex than is normally assumed in natural language semantics. His articulation of underlying event theory explains a wide variety of apparently diverse semantic characteristics of natural language, and his development of the theory shows the importance of seeing the distinction between events and states.
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Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110262660938
Descrizione libro The MIT Press, 1994. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 262660938