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Title: The Interfaces
Subtitle: Deriving and interpreting omitted structures
Edited By: Kerstin Schwabe
Susanne Winkler
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA_61
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 61

The Interfaces: Deriving and Interpreting Omitted Structures is a collection of never-before-published papers that explore the nature of the interfaces of syntax with semantics, phonology, and discourse. The papers investigate the various ways in which elliptical structures are related to these interfaces. As such, they not only make a valuable contribution to generative linguistic research but, more generally, help to deepen our understanding of the relation between form and meaning in natural language.
In the book’s introductory chapter, the editors address general issues related to current work on ellipsis and the syntax/semantics, syntax/phonology and syntax/discourse interfaces. The rest of the book is organized into three parts. The first examines PF-deletion accounts of elliptical structures; the second investigates these structures from the perspective of the syntax/semantic interface; and the third explores these from a perspective that concentrates on the relation between semantics and focus and discourse structure. Together the papers collected in this volume offer a convincing demonstration of the value of collaborative research on the ‘interfaces’.

Table of contents

Exploring the interfaces from the perspective of omitted structures
Edited by Kerstin Schwabe and Susanne Winkler
I. Towards the exploration of PF-deletion accounts

Ellipsis and syntactic representation
Contributors: Christopher Kennedy
Subject-Auxiliary Inversion in comparatives and PF output constraints
Contributors: Jason Merchant
Antecedent-Containment and ellipsis
Contributors: Chris Wilder
Background matching in Right Node Raising constructions
Contributors: Katharina Hartmann
II. From the computational system to the syntax semanticss interface

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Contributors: Caterina Donati
Phrase Structure Paradoxes, movement and ellipsis
Contributors: Winfried Lechner
Unpronounced heads in relative clauses
Contributors: Uli Sauerland
Variation at the syntax-semantics interface: Evidence from Gapping
Contributors: Luis López and Susanne Winkler
III. The semantic component and its connection to focus and discourse structure

Ellipsis and the structure of discourse
Contributors: Daniel Hardt
Correlate restriction and definiteness effect in ellipsis
Contributors: Maribel Romero
F-marking and specificity in Sluicing constructions
Contributors: Kerstin Schwabe
The semantics of Japanese null pronouns and its cross-linguistic implications
Contributors: Satoshi Tomioka
Omission impossible? Topic and focus in Focal Ellipsis
Contributors: Petra Gretsch
Name index
Subject index

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113302
ISBN-13: 9781588113306
Pages: vi, 403 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 182
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227845
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 403 pp.
Prices: EUR 120.00