reviewer, Dixon takes the view that "semantics is prior to syntax," and so he attempts to establish semantic categories of things before proceeding to examine how they are treated in syntax. In his article about adjectives, for instance, Dixon distinguishes several categories such as color, age, value, speed and so on. The subject matter is, obviously, uncompromisingly technical and specialized, but I appreciate the amusing title.
Dixon, Robert M. W. Where Have All the Adjectives Gone?, and Other Essays in Semantics and Syntax. Janua Linguarum, Series Maior 107. Berlin: Mouton, 1982; De Gruyter, 2011. ISBN-13: 9789027933096.