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Peripheries : Syntactic Edges and Their Effects - David Adger


Syntactic Edges and Their Effects

By: David Adger (Editor), Cecile De Cat (Editor), George Tsoulas (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2004
ISBN: 9781402019081
Number Of Pages: 448

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The syntactic periphery has become one of the most important areas of research in syntactic theory in recent years, due to the emergence of new research programmes initiated by Rizzi, Kayne and Chomsky. However research has concentrated on the empirical nature of clausal peripheries. The purpose of this volume is to explore the question of whether the notion of periphery has any real theoretical bite. An important consensus emerging from the volume is that the edges of certain syntactic expressions appear to be the locus of the connection between phrase structure, prosody, and information structure. This volume contains 16 papers by researchers in this area.

The book:
- contains an extensive introduction setting out the research questions addressed and setting the contributions in an overall theoretical context,
- has a distinct comparative slant,
- brings together work from a range of theoretical perspectives, while maintaining a unity of purpose,
- could serve as the basis for a graduate course on peripheral positions,
- contains papers addressing:
= the question of the fine-grainedness of syntactic representations,
= the relevance of syntactic edges to locality and semantic interpretation,
= the nature of the dependencies connecting peripheral elements to the syntactic core. Audience: Academics and graduate students interested in syntax and its interfaces with semantics and prosody, acquisition of syntax, cross-linguistic comparison.

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From the reviews:

"This book contains 15 papers presented at a conference on peripheral positions at the University of York in September 2000 a ] . This is a generally excellent volume, managing to fit a bumper number of papers inside its deceptively slim covers. a ] overall the standard of the papers is very high. The range of phenomena discussed is impressive as is the theoretical diversity within the papers." (Jonny Butler, The Linguist List, August, 2004)

Contributing Authors
Core Questions about the Edge
On The Left And On The Right
The Left Periphery In Hungarian: Towards A Phase-Based Account
Unspecified Categories As The Key To Root Constructions
Peripheral Effects Without Peripheral Syntax: The Left Periphery In Korean
Japanese Scrambling In A Comparative Perspective
Left Or Right? A View From The Kwa Peripheral Positions
Cross-Linguistic Word Order Variation At The Left Periphery: The Case Of Object First Main Clauses
DP Periphery and Clausal Periphery: Possessor Doubling In West Flemish
SubMove: Towards A Unified Account Of Scrambling And D-Linking
On the Edge
Clausal Edges And Their Effects On Scope
Edge Coordinations: Focus And Conjunction Reduction
Broad Subjects And Clitic Left Dislocation
Acquiring The Left Periphery Of The Modern Greek DP
Early Peripheries In The Absence Of C
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ISBN: 9781402019081
ISBN-10: 1402019084
Series: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st February 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.82

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