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The Semantic Basis For A Typology

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Syntax and semantics are distinct but interrelated components of a language. It is important to distinguish between syntactic functions and semantic roles. In some language a certain semantic roles is always mapped onto the same syntactic function. In others there is a degree of fluidity. Everything in the grammar of a language must have a broad semantic basis. It can be shown that the typological continuum of role/function correspondences in is a consequence of a certain semantic orientation within a language. The chapter concludes that a language of the nature-of-action type places relatively little restriction on what role goes into which syntactic function.

Keywords: grammar; language; semantic roles; syntactic functions



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