Explaining syntax : representations, structures, and computation

Peter W. Culicover

This book brings together many of Peter Culicover's most significant observations on the nature of syntax and its place within the architecture of human language. Over four decades he has sought to understand the cognitive foundations of linguistic theory and the place of syntactic theory in explaining how language works. This has led him to specific proposals regarding the proper scope of syntactic theory and to a re-examination of the empirical basis of syntactic analyses, which reflect judgements reflecting not only linguistic competence but the complexity of the computations involved in acquiring and using language. After a brief a retrospective the author opens the book with the Simpler Syntax Hypothesis, an article written with Ray Jackendoff, that proposes significant restrictions on the scope of the syntactic component of the grammar. The work is then divided into parts concerned broadly with representations, structures, and computation. The chapters are provided with contextual headnotes and footnote references to subsequent work, but are otherwise printed essentially as they first appeared. Peter Culicover's lively and original perspectives on syntax and grammar will appeal to all theoretical linguists and their advanced students.

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  • 1. Prologue: The Simpler Syntax Hypothesis (2006)
  • 2. OM-sentences: On the derivation of sentences with systematically unspecifiable interpretations (1972)
  • 3. On the Coherence of Syntactic Descriptions (1973)
  • 4. Stress and Focus in English (1983)
  • 5. Control, PRO, and the Projection Principle (1992)
  • 6. Negative Curiosities (1982)
  • 7. Deriving Dependent Right Adjuncts in English (1997)
  • 8. Topicalization, Inversion, and Complementizers in English (1992)
  • 9. The Adverb Effect: Evidence against ECP accounts of the that-t effect (1992)
  • 10. Stylistic Inversion in English: A reconsideration (2001)
  • 11. A Reconsideration of Dative Movements (1972)
  • 12. markedness, Antisymmetry, and complexity of Constructions (2003)
  • 13. Morphological Complexity Outside of Universal Grammar (1998)
  • References
  • Index

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書名 Explaining syntax : representations, structures, and computation
著作者等 Culicover, Peter W
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2013
版表示 1st ed
ページ数 xiii, 380 p.
大きさ 26 cm
ISBN 9780199660230
NCID BB13806889
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス