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LINGUIST List 20.2501

Tue Jul 14 2009

Books: Syntax/Ling Theories: Rochemont, Culicover

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        1.    Daniel Davies, English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar: Rochemont, Culicover

Message 1: English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar: Rochemont, Culicover
Date: 13-Jul-2009
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar: Rochemont, Culicover
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Title: English Focus Constructions and the Theory of Grammar
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 52
Published: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Michael Shaun Rochemont
Author: Peter William Culicover
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521117180 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 16.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521117180 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Abstract:

This book is concerned primarily with certain constructions in English,
often referred to as 'stylistic,' whose use is restricted to particular
contexts to discourse. Within the general framework of Chomskyan
Government-Binding Theory, Michael Rochemont and Peter Culicover
demonstrate how these constructions can be accommodated naturally within
grammatical theory. Indeed, the existence of these constructions in English
follows directly from general assumptions about the nature of English
grammar. Along with explaining the formal properties of these
constructions, the book investigates why it is that they are judged to be
'stylistic.' Rochemont and Culicover argue that what is perceived as
stylistic does in fact follow from the special 'focus' property itself is
predictable from general grammatical principles. This is an original study
of 'stylistic constructions' in any depth, integrating them into syntactic
theory. It will interest linguists and other scholars working within the
area of English grammar and syntactic theory.

Acknowledgements;
Introduction;
1. Theoretical assumptions;
2. Extraposition from NP;
3. Stylistic inversion;
4. NP shift;
5. English focus constructions;
Notes;
References;
Index of names;
Index of subjects.


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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