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The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: A Comparative Study

The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: A Comparative Study (Hardback)

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Split constructions are very widespread in natural languages. The separation of the semantic restriction of a quantifier from that quantifier is a typical example of such a construction. This study addresses the problem that such discontinuous strings exhibit a number of locality constraints, including intervention effects. These are shown to follow from the interaction of a minimalist syntax with a semantics that directly assigns a model-theoretic interpretation to syntactic logical forms. The approach is shown to have wide empirical coverage and a conceptual simplicity. The book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of syntax and semantics.

Languages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsGrammar, syntaxLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsHistorical & comparative linguisticsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsSemantics Publisher: Palgrave USA Publication Date: 07/04/2004 ISBN-13: 9781403921123  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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ALASTAIR BUTLER is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Formal Language Games Research Group at the Institute for Logic, Language and Information, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research interests are topics in natural language syntax and semantics.ERIC MATHIEU is an affiliated Researcher in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College, London. His work is on the syntax-semantics interface.

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