Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P

  title={Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P},
  author={Anna Asbury and Jakub Dotlacil and Berit Gehrke and Rick Nouwen},
1. Introduction: Syntax and semantics of spatial P (by Asbury, Anna) 2. Part I. The general architecture of spatial PPs 3. The fine structure of spatial expressions (by Kracht, Marcus) 4. Projections of P (by Svenonius, Peter) 5. Priorities in the production of prepositions (by Zwarts, Joost) 6. The grammar of complex particle phrases in English (by Cappelle, Bert) 7. Part II. Expressions of directionality 8. The correspondence between directionality and transitivity (by Lestrade, Sander) 9… 

On the syntax and semantics of Spanish spatial prepositions

This account is shown to capture all the semantic data discussed in the paper (argument demotion, interaction of Prepositions with Verbs, coordinated prepositions), and to successfully extend previous accounts of this category.

A minimalist approach to the syntax of p

It is claimed that certain semantic and syntactic properties that are usually considered part of the field of the extended projection of PPs in cartographic approaches are in fact properties of the DP in the complement of a preposition.

On the syntax and semantics of Italian spatial

This paper offers a unified approach to Italian spatial prepositions, such as di fronte a ‘in front of’, verso ‘towards’, in ‘in’, dietro a ‘behind’, and nel mezzo di ‘in the middle of’. Three


The goal of the paper is to propose an extended spatial P projection model for Arabic spatial Ps based mostly on Svenonius and Pantcheva’s (2011) proposals, which will help further distinguishing between the true and semi-prepositions on one hand and the two subclasses within the semi- Preposition on the other.

Region Prepositions: The View from French

  • F. UrsiniKeith Tse
  • Linguistics
    Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique
  • 2021
Abstract The goal of this article is to offer a formal account of region prepositions in French. We define region prepositions as prepositions that denote non-oriented locations and resist

Straight on through to Universal Grammar: Spatial modifiers in second language acquisition

Evidence of a flow of information ostensibly in the opposite direction, from meaning to grammar, at the interface between lexical semantics and syntax is provided, revealing that with the semantics of modifiers in place, the syntactic hierarchy is naturally manifested.

The typology of motion expressions revisited1

A new perspective on the options available to languages for encoding directed motion events is provided, showing that even purported verb-framed languages may not only allow but actually prefer satellite-framing patterns when appropriate contextual support is available, a situation unexpected if a two- or three-way typology is assumed.

The syntax and semantics of dative DPs in Russian ditransitives

In this paper we propose a syntactic analysis of dative DPs in ditransitive constructions in Russian, answering three questions: (I) what semantic roles the indirect object realizes; (II) how it is

Licensing silent structure: the spatial prepositions of Shupamem

This article offers a systematic account of the spatial expressions of Shupamem, a Grassfields Bantu language of Cameroon that has very few items clearly identified as spatial prepositions, a good

Licensing silent structure: the spatial prepositions of Shupamem

The account proposed for Shupamem offers a unified treatment of the functional structure of spatial Ps across typologically different languages, while it investigates how silent parts of the spatial P structure are licensed.



Lexical specification and insertion

This book discusses Lexical Specification with Variables, the Syntax/Lexicon Interface, and the Semantic Representation of Denominal Verbs, which aims to clarify the role of grammar in lexical specification.

Parts and boundaries


The interaction of the syntactic features [±PATH] and [±b] on verbal and prepositional predicates can account for much of the semantics of motion events in at least Japanese, Romance and English.

Events and Grammar

1. Introduction S. Rothstein. 2. Generalizing Tense Semantics for Future Contexts D. Abusch. 3. Thematic Roles and the Individuation of Events G. Carlson. 4. Plurality of Mass Nouns and the Notion of

On the Semantics of Locatives

The present paper deals with the semantics of locative expressions, and proposes that nondirectional locatives are oriented to the event, while directional locatives is oriented to certain arguments, called movers.

Location and Locality

The goal of this paper is to present new evidence for such a structure based on locality considerations, and takes the abstract structure of a spatial phrase in the verbal domain to be [V’ Vo [PP DIRo [P’ LOCo]].

On the functional structure of locative and directional PPs

On the basis of a detailed empirical investigation of the syntax of locative and directional adpositional phrases in Dutch, this paper seeks to establish the structure of the lexical and extended

Theoretical approaches to universals

1. List of contributors 2. Introduction (by Alexiadou, Artemis) 3. Universal features and language-particular morphemes (by Arad, Maya) 4. Agree or attract?: A Relativized Minimality solution to a

Prepositional Aspect and the Algebra of Paths

The semantics of directional prepositions is investigated from the perspective of aspect, and the algebraic structure of telic PPs allows for a natural and compositional account of how PPs contribute to the aspect of a sentence.

The Origins of Telicity

The distinction between telic and atelic predicates has been described in terms of the algebraic properties of their meaning since the early days of model-theoretic semantics. This perspective was