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Presenting cutting-edge research in syntax and semantics, this important volume furthers theoretical claims in generative linguistics and represents a significant addition to present scholarship in the field. Leading scholars present crosslinguistic studies dealing with clausal architecture, negation, and tense and aspect, and the issue of whether a statistical model can by itself capture the richness of human linguistic abilities. Taken together, these contributions elegantly show how theoretical tools can propel our understanding of language beyond pretheoretical descriptions, especially when combined with the insight and skills of linguists who can analyze difficult and complex data. Crosslinguistic Research in Syntax and Semantics covers a range of topics currently at the center of lively debate in the linguistic literature, such as the structure of the left periphery of the clause, the proper treatment of negative polarity items, and the role of statistical learning in building a model of linguistic competence. The ten original contributions offer an excellent balance of novel empirical description and theoretical analysis, applied to a wide range of languages, including Dutch, German, Irish English, Italian, Malagasy, Malay, and a number of medieval Romance languages. Scholars and students of semantics, syntax, and linguistic theory will find it to be a valuable resource for ongoing scholarship and advanced study.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Three Benchmarks for Distributional Approaches to Natural Language Syntax
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. PART I: CLAUSAL ARCHITECTURE
  2. p. 25
  1. 2. Argument Fronting in English, Romance CLLD, and the Left Periphery
  2. pp. 27-52
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  1. 3. A Detailed Map of the Left Periphery of Medieval Romance
  2. pp. 53-86
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  1. 4. Questions and Questioning in a Local English
  2. pp. 87-126
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  1. 5. VP-, D°-Movement Languages
  2. pp. 127-148
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  1. PART II: NEGATION
  2. p. 149
  1. 6. Parasitism, Secondary Triggering, and Depth of Embedding
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. 7. Light Negation and Polarity
  2. pp. 175-198
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  1. 8. Marking and Interpretation of Negation: A Bidirectional Optimality Theory Approach
  2. pp. 199-218
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  1. PART III: TENSE AND ASPECT
  2. p. 219
  1. 9. Cohesion in Temporal Context: Aspectual Adverbs as Dynamic Indexicals
  2. pp. 221-230
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  1. 10. Tense, Adverbials, and Quantification
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781589013056
Related ISBN
9781589010802
MARC Record
OCLC
290561346
Pages
254
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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