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Predicates and Their Subjects


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 74)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Why ‘Subject’ is a Grammatical Concept

    1. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 1-31
  3. The Syntax of Predication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 35-65
    3. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 66-83
    4. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 84-99
    5. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 100-129
  4. The Semantics of Predication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 133-167
    3. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 168-202
  5. The Syntax and Semantics of Copular Constructions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 235-270
  6. The Copula

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Susan Rothstein
      Pages 273-338
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 339-352

About this book


Predicates and their Subjects is an in-depth study of the syntax-semantics interface focusing on the structure of the subject-predicate relation. Starting from where the author's 1983 dissertation left off, the book argues that there is syntactic constraint that clauses (small and tensed) are constructed out of a one-place unsaturated expression, the predicate, which must be applied to a syntactic argument, its subject. The author shows that this predication relation cannot be reduced to a thematic relation or a projection of argument structure, but must be a purely syntactic constraint. Chapters in the book show how the syntactic predication relation is semantically interpreted, and how the predication relation explains constraints on DP-raising and on the distribution of pleonastics in English. The second half of the book extends the theory of predication to cover copular constructions; it includes an account of the structure of small clauses in Hebrew, of the use of `be' in predicative and identity sentences in English, and concludes with a study of the meaning of the verb `be'.


Syntax predicative semantic semantics subject syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Predicates and Their Subjects
  • Authors Susan Rothstein
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6409-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2058-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0690-3
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 352
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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