Definiteness and Indefiniteness: A Study in Reference and by John A. Hawkins

By John A. Hawkins

First released in 1988, this booklet is anxious with the convinced and indefinite articles in English. It presents an built-in pragmatic-semantic concept of yes and indefinite reference, at the foundation of which, many co-occurance regulations among articles and non-modifiers are defined.


At the final theoretical point, this ebook seems to be on the function of semantics within the prediction of all and in basic terms the grammatical sentences of a language. A generalisation is proposed uniting semantic oppositions underlying ungrammaticality with syntactic oppositions among stipulations of program on transformational generative ideas. A strategy is advised for distinguishing semantic from syntactic reasons of ungrammaticality.


At a extra specific point, the publication explores the character of reference. It examines a tremendous collection of topics reminiscent of the distinction among definiteness and indefiniteness, the connection among yes and demonstrative reference, and the connection among pragmatic and logical features of picking out meaning.

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