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Mon Aug 25 2003

Books: Generative Linguistics/Syntax: Boeckx

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  1. paul, Islands and Chains: Boeckx

Message 1: Islands and Chains: Boeckx

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 13:01:21 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Islands and Chains: Boeckx

Title: Islands and Chains
Subtitle: Resumption as stranding
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 63
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Cedric Boeckx, Harvard University 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114090, Pages: xii, 224 pp., Price: USD 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027227861, Pages: xii, 224 pp., Price: EUR 99.00


The present work provides a detailed analysis of chain formation and
locality conditions imposed on it within the Minimalist Program. It
does so by analyzing resumptive strategies in great detail. This study
claims that resumptive pronouns and their antecedents are first merged
as constituents, and are separated via movement (thus forming
instances of discontinuous constituents). Resumptive chains are thus
akin to the well-known stranding analysis of quantifier float. A
taxonomy of islands is developed that crucially ties barriers for
movement to agreement possibilities. The stranding of a resumptive
pronoun is shown to limit the role of agreement for the moving
element, thereby allowing a chain to be formed across an island.

Table of contents

Preface xi 
1. Introduction 1-16 
2. The nature of resumption 17-63 
3. On the nature of extraction 65-117 
4. Further aspects of resumption 119-159 
5. Conclusion 161-162 
Notes 163-192 
References 193-211 
Name index 213-216 
Language index 217-218 
Subject index 219-221

Lingfield(s): Generative Linguistics (Syntax)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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