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LINGUIST List 23.5191

Tue Dec 11 2012

Books: Syntactic Islands: Boeckx

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Syntactic Islands: Boeckx
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Title: Syntactic Islands
Series Title: Key Topics in Syntax

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
http://us.cambridge.org


Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6796336/Syntactic%20Islands/?site_locale=en_US


Author: Cedric Boeckx

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521191463 Pages: 190 Price: U.S. $ 90.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521138789 Pages: 190 Price: U.S. $ 32.99


Abstract:

The phenomenon of the syntactic 'island' – a clause or structure from which a
word cannot be moved – is central to research and study in syntactic theory.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of syntactic islands. What are
they? How do they arise? Why do they exist? Cedric Boeckx discusses the pros
and cons of all the major generative accounts of island effects, and focuses
the discussion on whether islands are narrowly syntactic effects, are due to
interface factors or are 'merely' performance effects. Thanks to the diversity
of island effects, readers are given a unique opportunity to familiarize
themselves with all the major research styles and types of analysis in
theoretical linguistics and have the chance to reflect on the theoretical
implications of concrete natural language examples, allowing them to develop
their own synthesis.

Table of Contents

1. Never such innocence again
2. What is really all just a mirage?
3. Why the ultimate solution is unlikely to be purely syntactic
4. Priority to the interfaces
5. A tribute to Ross.




Linguistic Field(s): Syntax


Written In: English (eng)

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