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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Extraction Asymmetries: Kiziak

Message 1: Extraction Asymmetries: Kiziak
Date: 04-Aug-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Extraction Asymmetries: Kiziak
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Title: Extraction Asymmetries Subtitle: Experimental evidence from German Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 163 Published: 2010 Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Tanja Kiziak Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287946 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287946 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255464 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 105
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255464 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255464 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30

This monograph addresses divergent views in the linguistic literature on whetherGerman displays the 'that'-trace effect and other subject/objectasymmetries commonly found for long extractions in English and otherlanguages. Using newly developed rating methodologies, the author exposesconsistent and robust subject/object asymmetries in German - a surprisinglyunequivocal result given that the existence of these effects is controversial.This finding raises important questions: how can one account for thediscrepancy between the clear experimental evidence on the one hand, and thelack of consensus in the linguistic literature on the other? And secondly, itraises again the old question of why subject extractions are dispreferred. Thiswork also provides intriguing new insights into the long-standing question on howto analyse German constructions such as 'Wer glaubst du hat recht'? -the 'parenthesis versus extraction debate'. In this work decisive evidence pointsin favour of the parenthetical analysis.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): German, Standard (deu)
Written In: English (eng )

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