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The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions : A Comparative Study - Alastair Butler

The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions

A Comparative Study

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Split constructions are 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--namely, 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.

Industry Reviews

'Butler and Mathieu argue persuasively that many apparently far-flung

constructions belong together under the rubric of 'split construction'.

Their generalizations are provocative and well-supported, and the theory

is firmly grounded in Predicate Logic with Barriers, a dynamic logic that

provides a fresh perspective on ideas and generalizations that have been,

and continue to be, central to syntactic and semantic theory.' - Christopher Potts, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Backgroundp. 1
The Central Problemp. 6
Previous Approachesp. 10
Syntactic Viewsp. 10
Pragmatic Viewsp. 21
Semantic Viewsp. 23
Our Proposal: needing visible usage informationp. 27
Overview of the Bookp. 30
WH Constructionsp. 33
Introductionp. 33
French WH-in-situp. 33
Why French WH-in-situ are Split Constructionsp. 34
Previous Accountsp. 38
Summaryp. 47
WH-in-situ in Other Languages with Intervention Effectsp. 47
Koreanp. 47
Germanp. 50
Summaryp. 52
WH-adjuncts and Other WH-phrases with Restricted Scopep. 53
Partial WH Constructions in Germanp. 55
Summaryp. 59
Negative Constructionsp. 61
Introductionp. 61
The Phenomenap. 61
Previous Accountsp. 66
Semantic/Pragmatic Viewsp. 66
Syntactic Viewsp. 72
French N-words: what are they?p. 81
Towards a Split Construction Analysisp. 87
Summaryp. 89
Interfacing Syntax and Semanticsp. 91
Introductionp. 91
Logical Toolsp. 92
Propositional Logicp. 93
Predicate Logicp. 95
Predicate Logic with Anaphorap. 99
Predicate Logic with Barriersp. 105
PLB and Constraints on Syntactic Dependenciesp. 113
A Word on Notationp. 114
A(rgument) Movementp. 115
Binding Dependenciesp. 119
A-Movementp. 121
Strong Crossoverp. 126
Summaryp. 128
The Accountp. 129
Introductionp. 129
Additions to PLBp. 129
Usage Informationp. 130
PPIsp. 131
A Neg(ation) Operator with Domain Wideningp. 132
A Q(uestion) Operatorp. 133
Deploying Neg and widp. 134
French N-wordsp. 135
NPIsp. 139
Deploying Q and whp. 144
Combien Constructionsp. 144
French WH-in-situp. 150
Koreanp. 153
German Multiple WH Questionsp. 154
French Multiple WH Questionsp. 155
Englishp. 156
Chinesep. 158
WH-adjuncts and Other Scope Restricted WH-phrasesp. 160
German Partial WH Constructionsp. 163
Summaryp. 166
Summaryp. 166
Appendixp. 169
Notesp. 173
Bibliographyp. 195
Language Indexp. 211
Name Indexp. 213
Subject Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9781403921123
ISBN-10: 1403921121
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 223
Published: 7th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1