The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: A Comparative Study (Hardback)
  • The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: A Comparative Study (Hardback)

The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: A Comparative Study (Hardback)

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Hardback 223 Pages / Published: 07/04/2004
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Split constructions are very 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 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.

Publisher: Palgrave USA
ISBN: 9781403921123
Number of pages: 223
Weight: 425 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
Edition: 2004 ed.


'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

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