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ERIC Number: ED033329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul
Pages: 17
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Pattern-Meaning in Syntactic Structures.
Babcock, Sandra Scharff
The author begins this paper with, "Let us recognize as axiomatic the statement that sentences in natural languages have the properties of structured, organic wholes." She feels that this statement has several important theoretical consequences, the most interesting (in so far as the current controversy over "surfacism" is concerned) being pattern-meaning. It follows as a corollary of her opening statement that syntactic patterns have a meaning of their own, a meaning that is conditioned by, but not reducible to, the features of intercategorial relationships of the parts. The simplex "The thought frightened John" and its causative paraphrase "The thought made John frightened" are both simple in their deep structure because in each of the sentences each of the categorial relationships occurs just once. (See AL 002 096.) These two sentences differ in configuration properties, or pattern-meaning. The author explains the differences in pattern-meaning and discusses the effects of verbal clitics on pattern-meaning in Spanish. She feels that there is "no choice but to accept the fact that patterns have meanings, and the patterns with their inseparable meanings do fulfill communicative purposes." (DO)
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Identifiers: Pattern Meaning
Note: Annotated version of paper delivered at the Summer Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Urbana, Illinois, July 1969.