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LINGUIST List 23.2924

Tue Jul 03 2012

Books: Clefts and their Relatives: Reeve

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 02-Jul-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Clefts and their Relatives: Reeve
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Title: Clefts and their Relatives
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 185
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/la.185

Author: Matthew Reeve
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274601 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027274601 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255686 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255686 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255686 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

Cleft constructions have long presented an analytical challenge for
syntactic theory. This monograph argues that clefts and related
constructions cannot be analysed in a straightforwardly compositional
manner. Instead, it proposes that the locality conditions on modification
(for example by a restrictive relative clause) must be reformulated such
that they account for the apparent compositionality of DP-internal
modification whilst also permitting 'discontinuous' modification of the
type which is independently needed for constructions such as relative
clause extraposition. The empirical focus of the book is on clefts in
English and Russian, which have a similar interpretation but considerably
divergent syntactic structures. The author argues that, despite these
syntactic differences, both types of cleft are mapped to their semantic
interpretations in the same manner. This monograph will be essential
reading for those working on cleft constructions and copular sentences more
generally, and will be of interest to those working on the syntax-semantics
interface.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Russian (rus)

Written In: English (eng)

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