The Complementiser Phase: Subjects and Operators

Paperback | September 5, 2010

EditorE. Phoevos Panagiotidis

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This book draws together nine original investigations by leading linguists and promising young scholars on the syntax of complementisers (eg that in She said that she would) and their phrases. The chapters are divided into two parts, each of which highlights aspects of the behaviour andfunction of complementisers. The first part looks at how and when subjects, or parts of subjects, can and cannot move outside their canonical position in a sentence. Each chapter examines and compares the relevance of a number of syntactic factors in languages such as English, Italian, Spanish,Greek, Brazilian Portuguese and Bavarian. In the second part, the focus turns to the nature and function of complementisers themselves, with discussions drawing on evidence from Italian, Italian dialects, Hebrew, and Dutch.

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This book draws together nine original investigations by leading linguists and promising young scholars on the syntax of complementisers (eg that in She said that she would) and their phrases. The chapters are divided into two parts, each of which highlights aspects of the behaviour andfunction of complementisers. The first part looks ...

E. Phoevos Panagiotidis is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cyprus. He is the author of Pronouns, Clitics and Empty Nouns (John Benjamins 2002) and has published numerous articles on syntactic theory in Lingua, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Inquiry, and the Journal of Greek Linguistics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. E. Phoevos Panagiotidis: Introduction: complementisers and their PhasePart I: From Inside the Complementiser Phase: (sub-)extraction, mainly of subjects2. Luigi Rizzi: On Some Properties of Criterial Freezing3. George Kotzoglou: (Non-)extraction From Subjects as an Edge Phenomenon4. Angel J. Gallego: Sub-extraction From Phase Edges5. Anna Roussou: Subjects on the Edge6. Clemens Mayr: On the Necessity of Phi-features: The Case of Bavarian Subject Extraction7. Ana Maria Martins and Jairo Nunes: Apparent Hyper-raising in Brazilian Portuguese: Agreement with Topics Across a Finite CPPart II: Complementisers Themselves: their features and specifier(s)8. M. Rita Manzini: The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers9. Omer Preminger: Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of wh10. Jeroen van Craenenbroeck: Complex wh-phrases don't move: On the Interaction between the Split CP-hypothesis and the Syntax of wh-movementReferencesIndex

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"This important compilation advances our knowledge of the intricate phenomena that take place on the edges of clauses. Every one of the contributions is thought-provoking and challenging, a property that would make the volume an ideal text for a graduate seminar in syntactic theory." --Frederick J. Newmeyer Professor Emeritus, University of Washington and Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University