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Tue Dec 11 2012

Books: Syntactic Islands: Boeckx

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Subject: Syntactic Islands: Boeckx
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Title: Syntactic IslandsSeries Title: Key Topics in Syntax

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Cedric Boeckx

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


The phenomenon of the syntactic 'island' – a clause or structure from which aword cannot be moved – is central to research and study in syntactic theory.This book provides a comprehensive overview of syntactic islands. What arethey? How do they arise? Why do they exist? Cedric Boeckx discusses the prosand cons of all the major generative accounts of island effects, and focusesthe discussion on whether islands are narrowly syntactic effects, are due tointerface factors or are 'merely' performance effects. Thanks to the diversityof island effects, readers are given a unique opportunity to familiarizethemselves with all the major research styles and types of analysis intheoretical linguistics and have the chance to reflect on the theoreticalimplications of concrete natural language examples, allowing them to developtheir own synthesis.

Table of Contents

1. Never such innocence again2. What is really all just a mirage?3. Why the ultimate solution is unlikely to be purely syntactic4. Priority to the interfaces5. A tribute to Ross.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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