Combinations of Predications

  • Robert E. Longacre
Part of the Topics in Language and Linguistics book series (TLLI)


Before considering in detail the internal structure of predications (as in Chapters 6 and 7), combinations of predications into larger units are presented here as a more immediate and pressing concern for the student of discourse. This chapter attempts to delineate and define the relations which are involved in such combinations. To this end a kind of formal semantics is developed and applied to combinations of predications within the sentence itself. Then, in the following chapter the relations so defined and illustrated are shown to characterize intersentential groupings in local spans of text, i. e., in paragraphs, as well. The two chapters thus form a progression from simpler to more complex material.


Surface Structure Surrogate Action Lexical Item Universal Quantifier Sentence Type 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Longacre
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  1. 1.Summer Institute of LinguisticsDallasUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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