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Title: Asymmetry in Grammar
Subtitle: Volume 1: Syntax and semantics
Edited By: Anna Maria Di Sciullo
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA_57
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 57

Asymmetry in Grammar: Syntax and Semantics brings to fore the centrality of asymmetry in DP, VP and CP. A finer grained articulation of the DP is proposed, and further functional projections for restrictive relatives, as well as a refined analyses of case identification and presumptive pronouns. The papers on VP discuss further asymmetries among arguments, and between arguments and adjuncts. Double-object constructions, specificational copula sentences, secondary predicates, and the scope properties of adjuncts are discussed in this perspective. The papers on CP propose a further articulation of the phrasal projection, justifications for Remnant IP movement, and an analysis of variation in clause structure asymmetries. The papers in semantics support the hypothesis that interpretation is a function of configurational asymmetry. The type/token information difference is further argued to correspond to the partition between the upper and lower level of the phrase. It is also proposed that Point of View Roles are not primitives of the pragmatic component, but are head-dependent categories. Configurationality is further argued to be required to distinguish contrastive from non-contrastive Topic. Compositionality is proposed to explain cross-linguistic variations in the selectional behavior of typologically different languages.

The papers in syntax include contributions from Antonia Androutsopoulou and Manuel Español-Echevarría, Dana Isac, Edit Jakab, Cedric Boeckx, Julie Anne Legate, Maria Cristina Cuervo, Jacqueline Guéron, Niina Zhang, Thomas Ernst, Manuela Ambar, Jean-Yves Pollock, Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Ilena Paul and Stanca Somesfalean.
The papers on semantics include contributions of Greg Carlson,Peggy Speas and Carol Tenny, Chungmin Lee, and James Pustejovsky.

Table of contents

Asymmetry in grammar: Syntax and semantics
Anna Maria Di Sciullo 1–10
French definite determiners in indefinite contexts and asymmetric agreement
Antonia Androutsopoulou and Manuel Espanol-Echevarria 11–26
Restrictive relative clauses vs. restrictive Adjectives: An asymmetry within the class of modifiers
Dana Isac 27–49
Asymmetry in case: Finnish and Old Russian nominative objects
Edit N. Jakab 51–84
Resumption and asymmetric derivation
Cedric Boeckx 85–98
Recontructing nonconfigurationality
Julie Anne Legate 99–116
Structural asymmetries but same word order: The dative alternation in Spanish
Maria Cristina Cuervo 117–144
On the asymmetry of the specificational copula sentence
Jacqueline Guéron 145–163
The asymmetry between depictives and resultatives in Chinese
Niina Zhang 165–185
Adjuncts and word order asymmetries
Thomas Ernst 187–207
Manuela Ambar 209–249
Three arguments for remnant IP movement in Romance
Jean-Yves Pollock 251–277
The clause structure of extraction asymmetries
Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Ileana Paul and Stanca Somesfalean 279–299
Interpretive asymmetries in major phrases
Greg Carlson 301–313
Configurational properties of point of view roles
Peggy Speas and Carol L. Tenny 315–344
Contrastive Topic and proposition structure
Chungmin Lee 345–371
Categories, types, and qualia selection
James Pustejovsky 373–393
Index 395–402

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Generative Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
Russian, Old
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227780
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 405 pp.
Prices: EUR 120.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811306X
ISBN-13: 9781588113061
Pages: vi, 405 pp.
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