Explaining Syntax: Representations, Structures, and Computation

Hardcover | October 12, 2013

byPeter W. Culicover

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This book brings together Peter Culicover's most important observations on the nature of syntax and its place within the architecture of language. Over four decades he has sought to understand the mental system in which linguistic expressions are processed. This has led him to re-formulate thebalance between the requirements of interpretation and the role of syntactic structure; to examine the nature of the empirical basis in which particular structural analyses can be applied to linguistic expressions; and to consider the extent to which such analyses reflect judgements based not onlyon linguistic competence but on computations developed in the course of acquiring or using a language.After a brief retrospective the author opens the book with the Simpler Syntax Hypothesis, the pioneering article written with Ray Jackendoff that fundamentally rebalances the elements of grammar. The work is then divided into parts concerned broadly with representations, structures, and computation.The chapters are provided with contextual headnotes and footnote references to subsequent work, but are otherwise printed essentially as they first appeared.Peter Culicover's lively and original perspectives on syntax and grammar will appeal to all theoretical linguists and their advanced students.

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This book brings together Peter Culicover's most important observations on the nature of syntax and its place within the architecture of language. Over four decades he has sought to understand the mental system in which linguistic expressions are processed. This has led him to re-formulate thebalance between the requirements of interpr...

Peter W. Culicover is Humanities Distinguished Professor in Linguistics and the founding Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at the Ohio State University. His publications include Formal Principles of Language Acquisition co-authored with Kenneth Wexler (MIT 1983), Principles and Parameters (OUP 1997), Syntactic Nuts (OUP 1999...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:October 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Prologue: The Simpler Syntax Hypothesis (2006)Part I: Representations2. OM-sentences: On the derivation of sentences with systematically unspecifiable interpretations (1972)3. On the Coherence of Syntactic Descriptions (1973)4. Stress and Focus in English (1983)5. Control, PRO, and the Projection Principle (1992)6. Negative Curiosities (1982)7. Deriving Dependent Right Adjuncts in English (1997)8. Topicalization, Inversion, and Complementizers in English (1992)9. The Adverb Effect: Evidence against ECP accounts of the that-t effect (1992)10. Stylistic Inversion in English: A reconsideration (2001)11. A Reconsideration of Dative Movements (1972)12. markedness, Antisymmetry, and complexity of Constructions (2003)13. Morphological Complexity Outside of Universal Grammar (1998)ReferencesIndex