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Title: The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions
Subtitle: A Comparative Study
Written By: Alastair Butler
Éric Mathieu
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products//Catalogue.aspx?is=1403921121
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'Butler and Mathieu argue persuasively that many apparently far-flung constructions belong together under the rubric of 'split construction'.
Their generalizations are provocative and well-supported, and the theory is firmly grounded in Predicate Logic with Barriers, a dynamic logic that provides a fresh perspective on ideas and generalizations that have been, and continue to be, central to syntactic and semantic theory.'
Christopher Potts, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts

Description
Split constructions are very widespread in natural languages. The separation of the semantic restriction of a quantifier from that quantifier is a typical example of such a construction. This study addresses the problem that such discontinuous strings exhibit a number of locality constraints, including intervention effects. These are shown to follow from the interaction of a minimalist syntax with a semantics that directly assigns a model-theoretic interpretation to syntactic logical forms. The approach is shown to have wide empirical coverage and a conceptual simplicity. The book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of syntax and semantics.

Contents
Introduction
WH Constructions
Negative Constructions
Interfacing Syntax and Semantics
The Account
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Language Index
Name Index
Subject Index

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403921121
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240
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