© 1993

The Language of Propositions and Events

Issues in the Syntax and the Semantics of Nominalization


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Alessandro Zucchi
    Pages 33-61
  3. Alessandro Zucchi
    Pages 62-103
  4. Alessandro Zucchi
    Pages 104-134
  5. Alessandro Zucchi
    Pages 174-218
  6. Alessandro Zucchi
    Pages 219-262
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-285

About this book


At a superficial examination, English has different types of nominals with similar meaning and distribution: (1)a. John's performance ofthe song b. J ohn' s performing of the song c. John's performing the song d. the fact that John performs the song These nominals are also perceived by English speakers to be related to the same sentential construction: (2) John performs the song A more accurate inspection reveals, however, that the nominals in (1) differ both in their distribution and in the range of interpretations they allow. An adequate theory of nominalization should explicate rigorously how nominals of the types in (1) are related to sentential construction (2), and should also account for their distributional differences and meaning differences. The task of this book is to develop such a theory. I defend two main theses. The first is that, in order to provide an adequate semantics for the nominals in (1), one needs to distinguish among three types of entities in the domain of discourse (in addition to the type of ordinary individuals): events, propositions, and states xiii XIV PREFACE of affairs. I argue that the nominals in (1) differ in their ability to denote entities of these types and that predicates differ in their ability to select for them.


Index Syntax language semantic semantics syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Linguistics Department, Beckman InstituteUniversity of Illinois at UrbanaChampaignUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Language of Propositions and Events
  • Book Subtitle Issues in the Syntax and the Semantics of Nominalization
  • Authors Alessandro Zucchi
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-2437-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4310-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8161-5
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 286
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
    Comparative Linguistics
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