LINGUIST List 14.234

Thu Jan 23 2003

Books: General Linguistics: Matushansky

Editor for this issue: Marisa Ferrara <marisalinguistlist.org>


Links to the websites of all LINGUIST's supporting publishers are available at the end of this issue.

Directory

  1. mitwpl, Movement of degree/degree of movement: Matushansky

Message 1: Movement of degree/degree of movement: Matushansky

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 13:09:07 +0000
From: mitwpl <mitwplmit.edu>
Subject: Movement of degree/degree of movement: Matushansky


			
Title: Movement of degree/degree of movement
Subtitle: MIT dissertation
Series Title: MITWPL
			
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 
 http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/		 
			
Book URL:
http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/dissertations/matushansky.abstract.html
 
Author: Ora Matushansky, CNRS/Universit´┐Ż Paris 8 
				
Paperback: ISBN: none, Pages: , Price: 15
			
Abstract:

In this project we examine the DP-internal behavior of degree
operators contained in attributive extended APs, specifically degree
fronting (so sunny a day) and degree right extraposition (a day sunny
enough). We argue that both processes have to do with the scope of the
degree operator, namely, that degree fronting is a diagnostic of
clausal scope of the degree operator, while right extraposition is
overt QR to the DP-internal landing site where a quantifier can be
interpreted. We first show that pre-determiner APs in Germanic
languages (so sunny a day) are moved to [Spec, NumP] only if they
contain a degree operator, i.e. an element that cannot be interpreted
in situ. We will then show that the appearance of the adjectival
projection in that position is due to pied-piping, and that different
degree operators behave differently with respect to how much material
is moved overtly (pied-piping). We then turn to right
extraposition. We will show that it can be differentiated from other
cases traditionally denoted by the same term (e.g. a professor proud
of her children). On the other hand, it has certain properties
permitting to assimilate it to DP-extraposition to the right periphery
of the vP (Heavy NP Shift) -- it has new information status and
permits stranding of the argument of the degree operator (a more
interesting problem than this). These and similar factors suggest that
right extraposition of degree-containing extended APs is overt QR of
the degree operator accompanied by more or less pied-piping. The
overall picture seems to be that QR an overt movement processes
examined for clausal projections exist in nominal projections as well
and have similar properties.

Lingfield(s): General Linguistics
		Syntax/semantics interface (General Linguistics)
			 
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)
			
Mail to author|Respond to list|Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

-------------------------- Major Supporters --------------------------
Academic Press http://www.academicpress.com/
Blackwell Publishing http://www.blackwellpublishing.com
Cambridge University Press http://www.cup.org
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd http://www.continuumbooks.com
Elsevier Science Ltd. http://www.elsevier.com/locate/linguistics
John Benjamins http://www.benjamins.com/
Kluwer Academic Publishers http://www.wkap.nl/
Lincom Europa http://home.t-online.de/home/LINCOM.EUROPA/
MIT Press http://mitpress.mit.edu/
Mouton de Gruyter http://www.degruyter.de/hling.html
Oxford University Press http://www.oup-usa.org/
Palgrave Macmillan http://www.palgrave.com
Rodopi http://www.rodopi.nl/
Routledge (Taylor and Francis) http://www.routledge.com/

---------------------- Other Supporting Publishers ----------------------
Anthropological Linguistics http://www.indiana.edu/~anthling/
CSLI Publications http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/
Cascadilla Press http://www.cascadilla.com/
Evolution Publishing http://www.evolpub.com
Finno-Ugrian Society http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/sus/
Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass http://server102.hypermart.net/glsa/index.htm
International Pragmatics Assoc. http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/
Linguistic Assoc. of Finland http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/
MIT Working Papers in Linguistics http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/
Multilingual Matters http://www.multilingual-matters.com/
Pacific Linguistics http://pacling.anu.edu.au/
SIL International http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp
Signum Verlag http://www.signum-verlag.de/
St. Jerome Publishing Ltd. http://www.stjerome.co.uk/
Utrecht Institute of Linguistics http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/
Virittaja Aikakauslehti http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/kks/virittaja.html