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Books: Semantics/Syntax: Butler, Mathieu

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  1. palgravemacmillan, The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: Butler, Mathieu

Message 1: The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: Butler, Mathieu

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 12:08:18 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: Butler, Mathieu

Title: The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions
Subtitle: A Comparative Study
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Palgrave Macmillan
Book URL:

Author: Alastair Butler, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Formal
	Language Games Research Group
Author: Eric Mathieu, University College London 

Hardback: ISBN: 1403921121, Pages: 240, Price: U.K. �: 50

'Butler and Mathieu argue persuasively that many apparently far-flung
constructions belong together under the rubric of 'split
construction'. Their generalizations are provocative and
well-supported, and the theory is firmly grounded in Predicate Logic
with Barriers, a dynamic logic that provides a fresh perspective on
ideas and generalizations that have been, and continue to be, central
to syntactic and semantic theory.' Christopher Potts, Department of
Linguistics, University of Massachusetts


Split constructions are very widespread in natural languages. The
separation of the semantic restriction of a quantifier from that
quantifier is a typical example of such a construction. This study
addresses the problem that such discontinuous strings exhibit a number
of locality constraints, including intervention effects. These are
shown to follow from the interaction of a minimalist syntax with a
semantics that directly assigns a model-theoretic interpretation to
syntactic logical forms. The approach is shown to have wide empirical
coverage and a conceptual simplicity. The book will be of interest to
scholars and advanced students of syntax and semantics.

WH Constructions
Negative Constructions
Interfacing Syntax and Semantics
The Account
Language Index
Name Index
Subject Index 			

Lingfield(s):	Semantics 

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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