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LINGUIST List 22.3181

Tue Aug 09 2011

Books: Semantics/Syntax: Hunter

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , Syntactic Effects of Conjunctivist Semantics: Hunter

Message 1: Syntactic Effects of Conjunctivist Semantics: Hunter
Date: 02-Aug-2011
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Syntactic Effects of Conjunctivist Semantics: Hunter
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Title: Syntactic Effects of Conjunctivist Semantics
Subtitle: Unifying movement and adjunction
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 170
Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/la.170

Author: Tim Hunter
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287328 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287328 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255532 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255532 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255532 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Abstract:

This book explores the syntactic and semantic properties of movement and
adjunction in natural language. A precise formulation of minimalist syntax is
proposed, guided by an independently motivated hypothesis about the
composition of neo-Davidsonian logical forms, in which there is no atomic
movement operation and no atomic adjunction operation. The terms 'movement'
and 'adjunction' serve only as convenient labels for certain combinations of
other, primitive operations, and as a result the system derives non-trivial
predictions about how movement and adjunction should interact; in particular, it
yields natural explanatory accounts of the constituency of adjunction structures,
the possibility of counter-cyclic attachment, and the prohibitions on extraction
from adjoined domains (adjunct islands) and from moved domains (freezing
effects). This work serves as a case study in deriving explanations for syntactic
patterns from a restrictive theory of semantic composition, and in using an
explicit grammatical framework to inform rigourous minimalist theorising.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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