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By Raffaella R. Folli, Christina C. Sevdali, Robert Truswell

ISBN-10: 0199683239

ISBN-13: 9780199683239

During this publication, best linguists discover the empirical scope of syntactic idea, by means of focusing on a collection of phenomena for which either syntactic and nonsyntactic analyses in the beginning look believable. Exploring the character of such phenomena allows a deeper realizing of the character of syntax and of neighbouring modules and their interplay. The e-book contributes to either conventional paintings in generative syntax and to the hot emphasis put on questions concerning the interfaces. the main subject matters coated comprise components of present extensive examine in the Minimalist software and syntactic thought extra ordinarily, corresponding to constraints on scope and binding family, information-structural results on syntactic constitution, the constitution of phrases and idioms, argument- and event-structural alternations, and the character of the kinfolk among syntactic, semantic, and phonological representations.

After the editors' advent, the amount is equipped into 4 thematic sections: architectures; syntax and data constitution; syntax and the lexicon; and lexical goods on the interfaces. the amount is of curiosity to syntactic theorists, in addition to linguists and cognitive scientists operating in neighbouring disciplines comparable to lexical and compositional semantics, pragmatics and discourse constitution, and morphophonology, and a person with an curiosity within the modular structure of the language college.

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As ever in linguistic theory, the hypothesis space offered by the near-simultaneous advent of the Minimalist Program, Distributed Morphology, and Hale and Keyser’s approach to L-syntax is vast, and the evidence required to discriminate between alternatives is subtle, and contingent on several other partially theory-internal choices. It is always encouraging, then, to see independent lines of argumentation, based on disparate empirical data, converge on the same conclusion or point to a need for further investigation of a more complex set of phenomena, when conclusions are not at hand.

One type (‘structurally complex de-adjectival nominals’, or SDNs) is productive, syntactically complex, and stem-stressed. The other type (‘lexical de-adjectival nominals’, or LDNs) is syntactically less complex and insensitive to the surface prosody of the base. Strikingly, the phonological differences between SDNs and LDNs do not always correspond to the major semantic division Arsenijevi´c and Simonovi´c draw: between nominalizations that can only describe tropes and nominalizations that can describe tropes, events, or properties.

But SemR can also be seen as a manifestation of underapplication. If the structural description includes copies in the source position of movement, a principle (Principle A) that would have been expected to apply fails  See also Truswell (Ch.  below), who discusses interesting challenges for the mixed approach towards reconstruction coming from unexpected reconstruction effects in control contexts.  Lechner to be visible in the output. The relations can also be stated as follows: SemR describes overapplication with respect to quantifier scope, and underapplication with respect to Principle A.

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