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LINGUIST List 18.3452

Mon Nov 19 2007

Books: Syntax/Linguistic Theories: Putnam

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Scrambling and the Survive Principle: Putnam


Message 1: Scrambling and the Survive Principle: Putnam
Date: 14-Nov-2007
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Scrambling and the Survive Principle: Putnam
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Title: Scrambling and the Survive Principle
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 115
Published: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20115

Author: Michael T. Putnam
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233790 Pages: 231 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233790 Pages: 231 Price: U.S. $ 142.00
Abstract:

Languages with free word orders pose daunting challenges to linguistic
theory because they raise questions about the nature of grammatical
strings. Ross, who coined the term Scrambling to refer to the
relatively 'free' word orders found in Germanic languages (among others)
notes that "... the problems involved in specifying exactly the subset of the
strings which will be generated ... are far too complicated for me to even
mention here, let alone come to grips with" (1967:52). This book offers a
radical re-analysis of middle field Scrambling. It argues that
Scrambling is a concatenation effect, as described in Stroik's
(1999, 2000, 2007) Survive analysis of minimalist syntax, driven by
an interpretable referentiality feature [Ref] to the middle field, where
syntactically encoded features for temporality and other world indices are
checked. The purpose of this book is to investigate the syntactic
properties of middle field Scrambling in synchronic West Germanic
languages, and to explore, to what possible extent we can classify
Scrambling as a 'syntactic phenomenon' within
Survive-minimalist desiderata.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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