The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions: A Comparative Study

Palgrave Macmillan (2004)
Abstract
Split constructions are 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--namely, 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.
Keywords Grammar, Comparative and general Syntax  Semantics  Pragmatics
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Call number P295.B88 2004
ISBN(s) 1403921121
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