- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism
- The Contributors
- List of Abbreviations and Symbols
- Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar
- Features in Minimalist Syntax
- Merge and Bare Phrase Structure
- Structure and Order: Asymmetric Merge
- The Copy Theory
- A-Bar Dependencies
- Head Movement and the Minimalist Program
- Derivational Cycles
- Anti-Locality: Too-Close Relations in Grammar
- No Derivation Without Representation
- Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations
- Syntax and Interpretation Systems: How is Their Labour Divided?
- Minimalist Construal: Two Approaches to A and B
- A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure
- Minimalist Semantics
- Minimal Semantic Instructions
- Language and Thought
- Minimalism and Language Acquisition
- A Minimalist Program for Phonology
- Minimizing Language Evolution: The Minimalist Program and The Evolutionary Shaping of Language
- Computational Perspectives on Minimalism
Abstract and Keywords
This article presents a particular view of semantics which makes a strict separation between aspects of meaning that derive from the central computational system and those which belong in other, more general cognitive modules. While the details of the implementation are an empirical issue, it argues that the proposed model can handle many of the intricate issues involved in understanding verb meaning and argument structure. To the extent that the enterprise is successful, it is a model for the universal aspects of language structure and its close relation to abstract meaning relations. In this sense, the model is a proposal for a ‘minimalist semantics’.
Gillian Ramchand's research concerns the relationship between syntactic and semantics representations of natural language. She has worked in areas of tense, aspect, predication, and argument structure on languages as diverse as Bengali, Scottish Gaelic, and English. She has published articles in Natural Language Semantics, Linguistic Inquiry, and Lingua as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the author of two books Aspect and Predication (OUP, 1997) and Verb Meaning and the Lexicon (CUP, 2008), where she argues for a syntactic implementation of an event structural view of verbal meaning and participant relations. She is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Tromso, Norway and Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL) there. Before moving to Norway in 2003, she was lecturer in General Linguistics at the University of Oxford. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University, and Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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