Economy and Semantic Interpretation

Paperback | December 20, 1999

byDaniel Fox

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In Economy and Semantic Interpretation, Danny Fox investigates the relevance of principles of optimization (economy) to the interface between syntax and semantics. Supporting the view that grammar is restricted by economy considerations, Fox argues for various economy conditions that constrain the application of "covert" operations. Among other things, he argues that syntactic operations that do not affect phonology cannot apply unless they affect the semantic interpretation of a sentence. This position has a number of consequences for the architecture of grammar. For example, it suggests that the modularity assumption, according to which a language's syntax must be characterized independently of its semantics, needs to be revised. Another consequence concerns new answers to the question of exactly where in the syntactic derivation the various constraints on interpretation apply.Linguistic Inquiry Monograph No. 35Copublished with the MIT Working Papers in Linguistics series.

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Supporting the idea that economic considerations restrict grammar, this book looks at the relevance of optimization principles to the relationship between syntax and semantics. Economy and Semantic Interpretation argues that the modularity assumption needs revisions. Also, the author provides new ideas on where the constraints on inter...

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In Economy and Semantic Interpretation, Danny Fox investigates the relevance of principles of optimization (economy) to the interface between syntax and semantics. Supporting the view that grammar is restricted by economy considerations, Fox argues for various economy conditions that constrain the application of "covert" operations. Am...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:December 20, 1999Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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Supporting the idea that economic considerations restrict grammar, this book looks at the relevance of optimization principles to the relationship between syntax and semantics. Economy and Semantic Interpretation argues that the modularity assumption needs revisions. Also, the author provides new ideas on where the constraints on interpretation apply in the syntactic derivation.

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This finely-crafted inquiry is a major contribution to linguistictheory and to the study of syntax-semantics interconnections inparticular. Fox develops a simple and far-reaching generalprinciple of economy, and applies it to intricate data, much ofit new, with careful and compelling argument. It is a trulyoutstanding achievement, which is sure to be highly influential,and deservedly so.