* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
LINGUIST List logo Eastern Michigan University Wayne State University *
* People & Organizations * Jobs * Calls & Conferences * Publications * Language Resources * Text & Computer Tools * Teaching & Learning * Mailing Lists * Search *
* *
LINGUIST List 22.5107

Mon Dec 19 2011

Diss: General Ling/Semantics/Syntax: Kluck: 'Sentence Amalgamation ...'

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

New! Multi-tree Visit LL's Multitree project for over 1000 trees dynamically generated from scholarly hypotheses about language relationships:

To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.cfm.
        1.     Marlies Kluck , Sentence Amalgamation

Message 1: Sentence Amalgamation
Date: 16-Dec-2011
From: Marlies Kluck <m.e.kluckrug.nl>
Subject: Sentence Amalgamation
E-mail this message to a friend

Institution: University of Groningen
Program: Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Marlies Kluck

Dissertation Title: Sentence Amalgamation

Dissertation URL: http://www.let.rug.nl/kluck/Kluck2011_dissertatie.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)
                            English (eng)
                            German (deu)

Dissertation Director:
Mark de Vries
Henk van Riemsdijk
Jack Hoeksema
Jan Koster
Jason Merchant

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis sheds new light on an old puzzle in linguistics: the intriguing
phenomenon of sentence amalgamation, where two clauses are intertwined and
seem to revolve around a pivot constituent, the 'content kernel'. The
clauses involved, the matrix and the 'interrupting' clause, are root
clauses, which are syntactically opaque to each other. The content kernel
itself, however, is mysterious in this regard: it appears to be accessible
for the matrix as well as the interrupting clause, and the position of the
interrupting clause in the matrix seems to depend on the category of the
content kernel. I argue that the content kernel is in fact the remnant of
sluicing, and A'-moves out of an ellipsis site in the interrupting clause.
The apparent transparency of the content kernel then follows directly from
reconstruction. This idea also accounts for a number of other well-attested
properties of sluicing that resonate in amalgams: case matching,
cross-linguistic variation related to preposition stranding and
island-insensitivity. A detailed study of the interpretation of amalgams
reveals that interrupting clauses can only express speaker-oriented
content, which concerns precisely the missing matrix constituent. This is
evidence for an analysis in terms of anchored parenthesis. Putting this
together with the sluicing approach, the correspondence between the content
kernel and its position in the matrix is ultimately derived via a general
licensing condition for sluicing.

Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue

Page Updated: 19-Dec-2011

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation       About LINGUIST    |   Contact Us       ILIT Logo
While the LINGUIST List makes every effort to ensure the linguistic relevance of sites listed on its pages, it cannot vouch for their contents.