Control and Restructuring

Paperback | April 26, 2015

byThomas Grano

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This book investigates the phenomenon of control structures, configurations in which the subject of the embedded clause is missing and is construed as coreferential with the subject of the embedding clause (e.g. John wanted to leave). It draws on data from English, Mandarin Chinese, and ModernGreek to investigate the relationship that control bears both to restructuring - the phenomenon whereby some apparently biclausal structures behave as though they constitute just one clause - and to the meanings of the embedding predicates that participate in these structures. Thomas Grano argues that restructuring is cross-linguistically pervasive and that, by virtue of its co-occurrence with some control predicates but not others, it serves as evidence for a basic division within the class of complement control structures. This division is connected to how the semanticsof the control predicate interacts with general principles of clausal architecture and of the syntax-semantics interface. His findings have general implications both for clausal structure and for the relationship between form and meaning in natural language.

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This book investigates the phenomenon of control structures, configurations in which the subject of the embedded clause is missing and is construed as coreferential with the subject of the embedding clause (e.g. John wanted to leave). It draws on data from English, Mandarin Chinese, and ModernGreek to investigate the relationship that ...

Thomas Grano is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Indiana University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2012, and he specializes in semantics and syntax, with particular attention to clausal complementation, gradability and comparison, and Mandarin Chinese. His work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Ea...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:April 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703937

ISBN - 13:9780198703938

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Exhaustive control as functional restructuring3. The semantics of restructuring: Verb meaning, variable binding, and clausal architecture4. Explaining the mixed properties of want5. Control, restructuring, and temporal interpretation6. Control and restructuring in Mandarin Chinese7. Control and restructuring in Greek8. Conclusion