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Tue Nov 17 2020

Books: The Syntax of Relative Clauses: Cinque

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Date: 04-Nov-2020
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Subject: The Syntax of Relative Clauses: Cinque
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Title: The Syntax of Relative Clauses
Subtitle: A Unified Analysis
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Guglielmo Cinque
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108847698 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 28.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108479707 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 99.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108790581 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781108790581 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 26.99

Relative clauses play a hugely important role in analysing the structure of sentences. This book provides the first evidence that a unified analysis of the different types of relative clauses is possible - a step forward in our understanding. Using careful analyses of a wide range of languages, Cinque argues that the relative clause types can all be derived from a single, double-headed, structure. He also presents evidence that restrictive, maximalizing, ('integrated') non-restrictive, kind-defining, infinitival and participial RCs merge at different heights of the nominal extended projection. This book provides an elegant generalization about the structure of all relatives. Theoretically profound and empirically rich, it promises to radically alter the way we think about this subject for years to come.

1. Preliminaries
2. Deriving the cross-linguistically attested types of restrictive/maximalizing relative clauses from a double-headed structure
3. Deriving the other types of relative clauses from a double-headed structure
4. 'Strategies' for the realization of the internal head
5. Some residual questions
Appendix. Possible evidence for the existence of non-'raising' derivations.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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