Asymmetry in Grammar

Asymmetry in Grammar : Volume 1: Syntax and semantics

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Asymmetry in Grammar: Syntax and Semantics brings to fore the centrality of asymmetry in DP, VP and CP. A finer grained articulation of the DP is proposed, and further functional projections for restrictive relatives, as well as a refined analyses of case identification and presumptive pronouns. The papers on VP discuss further asymmetries among arguments, and between arguments and adjuncts. Double-object constructions, specificational copula sentences, secondary predicates, and the scope properties of adjuncts are discussed in this perspective. The papers on CP propose a further articulation of the phrasal projection, justifications for Remnant IP movement, and an analysis of variation in clause structure asymmetries. The papers in semantics support the hypothesis that interpretation is a function of configurational asymmetry. The type/token information difference is further argued to correspond to the partition between the upper and lower level of the phrase. It is also proposed that Point of View Roles are not primitives of the pragmatic component, but are head-dependent categories. Configurationality is further argued to be required to distinguish contrastive from non-contrastive Topic. Compositionality is proposed to explain cross-linguistic variations in the selectional behavior of typologically different languages. The papers in syntax include contributions from Antonia Androutsopoulou and Manuel Espanol-Echevarria, Dana Isac, Edit Jakab, Cedric Boeckx, Julie Anne Legate, Maria Cristina Cuervo, Jacqueline Gueron, Niina Zhang, Thomas Ernst, Manuela Ambar, Jean-Yves Pollock, Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Ilena Paul and Stanca Somesfalean.The papers on semantics include contributions of Greg Carlson,Peggy Speas and Carol Tenny, Chungmin Lee, and James Pustejovsky.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 405 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 27.9mm | 861.84g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811306X
  • 9781588113061

Table of contents

1. Asymmetry in grammar: Syntax and semantics (by Di Sciullo, Anna Maria); 2. French definite determiners in indefinite contexts and asymmetric agreement (by Androutsopoulou, Antonia); 3. Restrictive relative clauses vs. restrictive Adjectives: An asymmetry within the class of modifiers (by Isac, Daniela); 4. Asymmetry in case: Finnish and Old Russian nominative objects (by Jakab, Edit); 5. Resumption and asymmetric derivation (by Boeckx, Cedric); 6. Recontructing nonconfigurationality (by Legate, Julie Anne); 7. Structural asymmetries but same word order: The dative alternation in Spanish (by Cuervo, Maria Cristina); 8. On the asymmetry of the specificational copula sentence (by Gueron, Jacqueline); 9. The asymmetry between depictives and resultatives in Chinese (by Zhang, Niina Ning); 10. Adjuncts and word order asymmetries (by Ernst, Thomas); 11. Wh-asymmetries (by Ambar, Manuela); 12. Three arguments for remnant IP movement in Romance (by Pollock, Jean-Yves); 13. The clause structure of extraction asymmetries (by Di Sciullo, Anna Maria); 14. Interpretive asymmetries in major phrases (by Carlson, Greg N.); 15. Configurational properties of point of view roles (by Speas, Peggy); 16. Contrastive Topic and proposition structure (by Lee, Chungmin); 17. Categories, types, and qualia selection (by Pustejovsky, James); 18. Index
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