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On the syntax and semantics of Italian spatial Ps
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
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2015 (English)In: Acta Linguistica Hungarica, ISSN 1216-8076, E-ISSN 1588-2624, Vol. 62, no 1, 63-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper offers a unified approach to Italian spatial prepositions, such as di fronte a 'in front of', verso 'towards', in 'in', dietro a 'behind', and nel mezzo di 'in the middle of'. Three assumptions play a key role. First, Italian spatial prepositions can differ sensibly in their morphological structure, but share the same syntactic properties. Second, their sentential distribution is in part context-sensitive, thus based on the categories with which they combine. Third, their semantic contribution is layered, in the sense that it includes the meaning dimensions of both aspectual boundedness and specificity. The main result is a generalised theory on the structure and semantic interpretation of these prepositions.

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2015. Vol. 62, no 1, 63-110 p.
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Italian, adpositions, Distributed Morphology, lexical aspect, Type-Logical Syntax
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117742DOI: 10.1556/ALing.62.2015.1.3ISI: 000354137500003OAI: diva2:817474
Available from: 2015-06-05 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2015-06-05Bibliographically approved

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