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Syntactic-Semantic Interface in Hebrew

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Author(s): Kotek, Hadas
The syntax-semantics interface is concerned with the relationship between two kinds of recursive procedures, namely, the procedures that generate sentences in a given language and the procedures that assign meaning to those sentences. This entry reviews this complex relationship in light of research in generative linguistic theory. Natural language often challenges speakers to derive salient differences in meaning from superficially similar expressions. For example, sentence (1) implies that Danny will do his homework himself, while in (2), …