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By John Perlin

A latest view of the consequences of wooden, as used for development and gas, and of deforestation at the improvement of civilization. until eventually the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wooden has been the crucial gasoline and development fabric from the sunrise of civilization. Its abundance or shortage tremendously formed, as A woodland Journey ably relates, the tradition, demographics, financial system, inner and exterior politics, and expertise of successive societies over the millennia.

The book's finished insurance of the foremost position forests have performed in human life--told with grace, fluency, mind's eye, and humor—gained it reputation as a Harvard vintage in technological know-how and global historical past and as one in every of Harvard's "One-Hundred nice Books." Others receiving the dignity comprise such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould and E. O. Wilson. This new paperback variation will upload a prologue and an epilogue to mirror the present scenario within which forests became vital for humanity's survival.

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A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization

A latest view of the results of wooden, as used for construction and gasoline, and of deforestation at the improvement of civilization. until eventually the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wooden has been the imperative gasoline and construction fabric from the sunrise of civilization. Its abundance or shortage significantly formed, as A woodland trip ably relates, the tradition, demographics, economic system, inner and exterior politics, and know-how of successive societies over the millennia.

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At the moment, I wish to show only how I represent the distinction within the grammar. 39), the APs assign a role to the porcupine but do not take the porcupine as argument. Rather, they act as predicate modifiers, taking the predicates as modifiees. 41).

Thus Silence threw NP does not readily support a reading in which throw produces the predicate it does in Harry threw the baseball. Varying the subject of a transitive verb, however, simply does not produce a range of predicates on objects < previous page page_26 next page > < previous page page_27 next page > Page 27 similar to the range of predicates on subjects produced by varying the objects of transitive verbs. This is the asymmetry that confirms my conception of verb semantics: choice of object (or other argument of a verb) affects the semantic role of the logical subject whereas choice of logical subject does not affect the semantic role of the object.

There is good evidence that groups of verbs in many languages are syntactically intransitive but take logical objectsthe unaccusative verbs of Relational Grammar. The logical objects of such verbs become syntactic subjects at s structure. So Bresnan has no argument that there is even a logical subject in her examples (6) (7). Similar considerations hold for idioms like Time's up for x and Fortune smiled on x (pointed out to me by Probal Dasgupta). Oblique free arguments of intransitive idioms cannot be crucial to this issue.

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