Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34228

Still Needed:

$40772

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: Sentence amalgamation
Written By: Marlies Kluck
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Description:

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.

In an innovative approach, the author argues 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,
crosslinguistic 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. This study is relevant for scholars interested in root phenomena,
sluicing, speaker-orientation, and parentheticals, as well as a general
syntactic and semantic readership.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930683