LINGUIST List 32.1392

Tue Apr 20 2021

Books: Dependency and Directionality: den Dikken

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Date: 12-Apr-2021
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Subject: Dependency and Directionality: den Dikken
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Title: Dependency and Directionality
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 154
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Marcel den Dikken
Paperback: ISBN: 9781316628461 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 36.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781316628461 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 28.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781316628461 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 33.83

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

The direction in which the structure of sentences and filler-gap dependencies are built is a topic of fundamental importance to linguistic theory and its applications. This book develops an integrated understanding of structure building, movement and locality embedded in a syntactic theory that argues for a 'top down' approach, presenting an explicit counterweight to the bottom-up derivations pervading the Chomskian mainstream. It combines a compact and comprehensive historical perspective on structure building, the cycle, and movement, with detailed discussions of island effects, the typology of long-distance filler-gap dependencies, and the special problems posed by the subject in clausal syntax. Providing introductions to the main issues, reviewing extant arguments for bottom-up and top-down approaches, and presenting several case studies in its development of a new theory, this book should be of interest to all students and scholars of language interested in syntactic structures and the dependencies inside them.

1. Introduction; 2. The directionality of structure building; 3. Find the gap; 4. A syntactic typology of long Ā-dependencies; 5. The trouble with subjects; 6. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng)

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