Paul M. Postal

List of John Benjamins publications for which Paul M. Postal plays a role.


Postal, Paul M. 2018 Chapter 1. The ontology of natural languageEssays on Linguistic Realism, Behme, Christina and Martin Neef (eds.), pp. 1–6 | Chapter
This chapter discusses natural language ontology, focusing on the nature of sentences. Two contrasting views about such elements are considered. First, the naturalistic view takes sentences to be elements of the physical world. There are two variants. One, which regards sentences as utterances,… read more
Postal, Paul M. and John Robert Ross 2009 1. Inverse reflexivesTime and Again: Theoretical perspectives on formal linguistics, Lewis, William D., Simin Karimi, Heidi Harley and Scott O. Farrar (eds.), pp. 3–36 | Article
This chapter discusses the principles that determine legitimate minimal domains for antecedents of reflexive forms. It offers novel critiques of the idea that these principles reduce to some elementary statement involving c‑command or analogs thereof, and proposes a relational account for certain… read more
Postal, Paul M. 2004 A Remark on English Double NegativesLexique, Syntaxe et Lexique-Grammaire / Syntax, Lexis & Lexicon-Grammar: Papers in honour of Maurice Gross, Leclère, Christian, Éric Laporte, Mireille Piot and Max Silberztein (eds.), pp. 497–508 | Article
This article claims that there are two partially distinct analyses for English no forms like no dog, nothing, no one, no philosopher. Each analysis involves recognition of a syntactic negative + a determiner some as a representation of no; but one analysis involves a second syntactic negative as… read more
Postal, Paul M. 1992 Phantom Succesors and the French FAIRE PAR ConnstructionThe Joy of Grammar: A festschrift in honor of James D. McCawley, Brentari, Diane, Gary N. Larson and Lynn A. MacLeod (eds.), pp. 289 ff. | Article
Postal, Paul M. 1980 Un Cas Familier De Non-CliticisationLingvisticæ Investigationes 4:1, pp. 213–215 | Miscellaneous
It is traditionally observed in French grammars that, exceptionally, an indirect object pronoun cannot be cliticized to a verb which has a first person, second person or reflexive direct object clitic. Instead, the indirect object pronominal manifests as a strong pronominal form. It is generally… read more
Postal, Paul M. 1977 Antipassive in FrenchLingvisticæ Investigationes 1:2, pp. 333–374 | Article