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LINGUIST List 21.4577

Mon Nov 15 2010

Books: Syntax: Boeckx, Hornstein, Nunes

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Control as Movement: Boeckx, Hornstein, Nunes

Message 1: Control as Movement: Boeckx, Hornstein, Nunes
Date: 15-Nov-2010
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Control as Movement: Boeckx, Hornstein, Nunes
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Title: Control as Movement
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (No. 126)
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item2705450/?site_locale=en_US

Author: Cedric Boeckx
Author: Norbert Hornstein
Author: Jairo Nunes
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511784378 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 79.00 Comment: Adobe eBook Reader
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511786327 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 79.00 Comment: Mobipocket eBook
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521195454 Pages: 272 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
Abstract:

The Movement Theory of Control (MTC) makes one major claim: that control
relations in sentences like 'John wants to leave' are grammatically
mediated by movement. This goes against the traditional view that such
sentences involve not movement, but binding, and analogizes control to
raising, albeit with one important distinction: whereas the target of
movement in control structures is a theta position, in raising it is a
non-theta position; however the grammatical procedures underlying the two
constructions are the same. This book presents the main arguments for MTC
and shows it to have many theoretical advantages, the biggest being that it
reduces the kinds of grammatical operations that the grammar allows, an
important advantage in a minimalist setting. It also addresses the main
arguments against MTC, using examples from control shift, adjunct control,
and the control structure of 'promise', showing MTC to be conceptually,
theoretically, and empirically superior to other approaches.

Features

* Argues in favour of the recently proposed Movement Theory of Control,
providing solutions for apparent problems and offering new types of
empirical evidence
* Provides a general overview of the current debate on an important issue
of grammatical theory
* Written by three world-renowned scholars in the field of generative syntax

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Some historical background
3. Basic properties of the Movement Theory of Control
4. Empirical advantages
5. Empirical challenges and solutions
6. On non-obligatory control
7. Some notes on semantic approaches to control
8. The movement theory of control and the minimalist program.


Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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