Essays on Restrictiveness and Learnability by H. Lasnik

By H. Lasnik

The articles accrued during this booklet are focused on the problems of restrictiveness and learnability inside of generative grammar, particularly, inside Chomsky's 'Extended ordinary Theory'. those matters were primary to syntactic study for many years and they're much more imperative now as effects on syntactic conception, on learnability, and on acquisition start to converge. i'm hoping that this ebook provides researchers in all of those components with a few perception into the evolution of principles approximately those matters. The articles seem of their unique shape, with the next exceptions: a couple of typographical and different minor mistakes were corrected; bibliog­ raphic references were up-to-date and a unified bibliography supplied. i need to take this chance to recognize my significant intellec­ tual debt to Noam Chomsky. My study do not have been attainable with out his paintings, his recommendation, and his counsel. subsequent, I provide deep because of Chomsky and my different co-authors represented the following: Bob Fiengo, Joe Kupin, Bob Freidin, and Mamoru Saito. i'm thankful, certainly, for the chance to collaborate with such notable linguists, and, extra instantly, for his or her permission to reprint their co-authored articles. I additionally supply common due to the holders of the copyrights of the reprinted fabric. particular acknowledgements look on a separate page.

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Scope and Specificity by Feng-hsi Liu

By Feng-hsi Liu

Scope and Specificity is an research of quantifier scope interplay in ordinary language, with unique connection with English and chinese language. particularly, it's considering semantic homes of NPs. Quantifier scope performs a tremendous position in present theories of syntax and semantics. although, so much stories of quantifier scope are just fascinated about the habit of a small variety of quantifiers, e.g. ‘every’, ‘some’, ‘all’. accordingly, the generalizations made at the foundation of those quantifiers usually don't carry while a much wider diversity of quantifiers is taken into account. during this research a wide selection of NP forms are tested with recognize to how they have interaction with different NPs. the main notion explored is that of semantic scope dependency/independence. NPs are thought of in response to homes: whether or not they can set off scope-dependency and whether or not they will be scope-dependent. by means of gazing how in uncomplicated sentences NPs behave with admire to the 2 homes, the writer provides an image of quantifier scope a lot diversified from what has been assumed within the literature.

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A Derivational Syntax for Information Structure (Studies in by Luis López

By Luis López

During this quantity, Luis L?pez sheds new mild on info constitution and makes an important contribution to paintings on grammatical operations within the Minimalist application. via a cautious research of dislocations and concentration fronting in Romance, the writer indicates that notions equivalent to 'topic' and 'focus', as frequently outlined, yield no predictions and proposes in its place a characteristic method in keeping with the notions 'discourse anaphor' and 'contrast'. He offers a close version of syntax---information-structure interplay and argues that this interplay happens on the part point, with a privileged position for the sting of the section. additional, he investigates phenomena about the syntax of items in Romance and Germanic - accusative A, p-movement, clitic doubling, scrambling, item shift - and exhibits that there are cross-linguistic correlations among syntactic configuration and specificity, autonomous of discourse connectedness. the amount ends with a longer research of the syntax of dislocations in Romance.

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Topics in Ellipsis by Kyle Johnson

By Kyle Johnson

Ellipsis happens whilst sure parts of a sentence will not be spoken - for instance 'Mary has learn extra books than invoice has [read books]' and 'Jack known as, yet i do not recognize the place [he referred to as] from'. those structures curiosity linguists as the that means of the sentence can't be traced on to the phrases it comprises. This quantity brings jointly a group of top syntacticians to suggest new and unique recommendations to a couple key questions within the research of ellipsis: What characterises ellipsis? lower than what stipulations is it attainable? What sorts of meanings are allowed to head unstated? Drawing on quite a few genuine buildings, they study ellipsis within the context of a number syntactic phenomena reminiscent of binding, elevating, anaphora, circulation and scrambling. Making major development in the direction of fixing a few critical difficulties in syntactic thought, this quantity can be of key curiosity to someone engaged on theoretical syntax, semantics and psycholinguistics.

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Limiting the Iconic: From the metatheoretical foundations to by Ludovic De Cuypere

By Ludovic De Cuypere

Iconicity has develop into a well-liked proposal in modern linguistic learn. This ebook is the 1st to provide a synthesis of the immense volume of scholarship on linguistic iconicity which has been produced within the prior many years, starting from iconicity in phonology and morpho-syntax to the function of iconicity in language switch. an intensive research is equipped of a few uncomplicated yet still primary questions in relation to iconicity in language, together with: what's a linguistic signal and the way are linguistic symptoms varied from indicators mostly? what's an iconic signal and the way may possibly iconicity be taken with language? How does iconicity pertain to the relation among language and cognition? This publication deals a brand new and accomplished theoretical framework for iconicity in language. it really is argued that the linguistic signal is essentially arbitrary, yet that iconicity will be concerned on a secondary point, including additional desiring to an utterance.

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Word-Formation in English by Ingo Plag

By Ingo Plag

This booklet is an creation to the research of word-formation, that's, the ways that new phrases are outfitted at the bases of alternative phrases (e.g. happy-happy-ness), targeting English. The book's didactic objective is to allow scholars with very little past linguistic wisdom to do their very own sensible analyses of complicated phrases. Readers are familiarized with the required methodological instruments to procure and learn appropriate facts and are proven how you can relate their findings to theoretical difficulties and debates. The ebook isn't written within the standpoint of a selected theoretical framework and attracts on insights from numerous study traditions, reflecting vital methodological and theoretical advancements within the box. it's a textbook directed in the direction of collage scholars of English in any respect degrees. it could possibly additionally function a resource e-book for lecturers and complicated scholars, and as an up to date reference touching on many word-formation methods in English.

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Ellipsis: Functional Heads, Licensing, and Identification by Anne Lobeck

By Anne Lobeck

This publication elaborates a thought of ellipsis that sheds new gentle on a widely known phenomenon, bringing it less than the aegis of common and common ideas. Lobeck argues that ellipted different types in IP (VP Ellipsis), DP (N' Ellipsis), and CP (Sluicing) are empty, non-referential pronominals, topic to an identical licensing and identity stipulations as referential pro. She proposes that either sorts of empty pronominals has to be approved less than head-government to fulfill the Empty classification precept, and pointed out via powerful contract. in relation to ellipsis, agreement-type gains make the empty type noticeable to interpretive tactics of reconstruction. those licensing and identity stipulations derive the outcome that ellipses are enhances of sensible different types DET, COMP, and INFL, yet no longer of lexical different types. The research is supported via contrastive facts from ellipsis in French and German, during which licensing and identity have interaction with Verb elevating, function checking, and a parameter defining "strong" agreement.

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Argument Structure and Syntactic Relations: A by Maia Duguine, Susana Huidobro, Nerea Madariaga

By Maia Duguine, Susana Huidobro, Nerea Madariaga

The subject of this assortment is argument constitution. The fourteen chapters during this e-book are divided into 4 components: Semantic and Syntactic houses of occasion constitution; A Cartographic View on Argument constitution; Syntactic Heads concerned about Argument constitution; and Argument constitution in Language Acquisition. Rigorous theoretical analyses are mixed with empirical paintings on particular facets of argument constitution. The e-book brings jointly authors operating in several linguistic fields (semantics, syntax, and language acquisition), who discover new findings in addition to extra verified information, yet then from new theoretical views. The contributions suggest cartographic perspectives of argument constitution, instead of minimalistic proposals of a binary template version for argument constitution, with the intention to optimally account for varied syntactic and semantic proof, in addition to info derived from wider cross-linguistic views.

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