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Title: Interfaces and Interface Conditions
Series Title: Language, Context and Cognition 6

The volume contains articles that focus on the interface between linguistic
and conceptual knowledge. The issues addressed in the volume include the
preconditions of every level of the language system that are required for
the transformation of linguistic information into conceptual
representations. In accordance with Chomsky’s Minimalist language model,
the language system is embedded into the performative systems where
language is a part of the cognitive competence of human beings, i.e. system
of articulation and perception (A/P) and the conceptual-intentional system
(C/I). During the formation of linguistic structures, every performative
system obtains well-formed representations as its input information. The
articles of the volume show how interface conditions determine the
linguistic representations on each level of the linguistic system.
Interface conditions result in requirements for the ordering of linguistic
elements. The syntactic transformation achieves a point, where the
linguistic structure formation branches to two distinct representational
levels. Both levels deliver instructions for the systems of performance A/P
and C/I. Linearization takes place on the syntactic surface of a sentence.
The linearization of linguistic elements is manifest at the derivational
point of Spell-out and also on the level of the phonological form (PF).
This means that on the one hand, linearization is relevant to the phonetic
aspect of linguistic expressions, and on the other hand, the interpretation
of linguistic utterances is based on hierarchical structures. On the level
of Logical Form (LF) all operations apply which don’t have any influence on
the linear order in overt syntax. In addition they affect the generation of
hierarchical structures. The structure obtained on LF is the
representational format of the semantic form of a sentence.

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Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110195477
Pages: 385
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