[b-hebrew] Re: Species of Genitive (James D. Price)

DrJDPrice at aol.com DrJDPrice at aol.com
Mon Aug 30 23:11:44 EDT 2004

Clay Bartholomew: 
This is an intriguing approach. I perhaps grasp about 60% of what you  are
doing here. You are teaching your students to do semantic analysis  rather
than play the game of pin the category on the  constituent.

The theory is not merely semantic analysis, but transformational  grammar at 
the text level with semantic restraints. It assumes that the genitive  noun 
phrase (N2) that modifies the head noun (N1) is the remnant  of a dependent 
clause (S) about N1 and N2 that defines the semantic  relationship between the 
The rule needs to be expanded to include an understood  deletion/substitution 
transformation T(ds) that deletes all  unnecessarily redundant old 
information from the dependent clause, or otherwise  substitutes pronouns; redundant old 
information is retained only to avoid  ambiguity.
N1|S(N1, N2) * T(ds) ==> N1 + N2(gen)
Linguistic analysis then consists of the reverse process:
[N1 + N2(gen)] * B(ds) ==> N1|S(N1, N2)
where B(ds) is the back transformation equivalent of T(ds) which restores  
the content of the dependent clause (S). The author assumed that his readers  
intuitively would be able to know the content of S. Students should be taught to 
 find that information as well.
Jim Price

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