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Productivity and Reuse In LanguageA Theory of Linguistic Computation and Storage

Productivity and Reuse In Language: A Theory of Linguistic Computation and Storage

Timothy J. O'Donnell

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262028844
eISBN:
9780262326803
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028844.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Language allows us to express and comprehend an unbounded number of thoughts. This fundamental and much-celebrated property is made possible by a division of labor between a large inventory of stored ... More

Provocative Syntax

Provocative Syntax

Phil Branigan

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014991
eISBN:
9780262295673
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014991.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography

Chomsky showed that no description of natural language syntax would be adequate without some notion of movement operations in a syntactic derivation. It now seems likely that such movement ... More

(Re)labeling

(Re)labeling

Carlo Cecchetto and Caterina Donati

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028721
eISBN:
9780262327220
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028721.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book owes its title to a simple idea: words are special because they can provide a label for free when they merge with some other category. An exemplification of this special power of words is ... More

Russian Case Morphology and the Syntactic Categories

Russian Case Morphology and the Syntactic Categories

David Pesetsky

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019729
eISBN:
9780262314503
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019729.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

In this book, David Pesetsky argues that the peculiarities of Russian nominal phrases provide significant clues concerning the syntactic side of morphological case. Pesetsky argues against the ... More

Subjunctive ConditionalsA Linguistic Analysis

Subjunctive Conditionals: A Linguistic Analysis

Michela Ippolito

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262019484
eISBN:
9780262314879
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019484.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book proposes a compositional semantics for subjunctive (or would) conditionals in English that accounts for their felicity conditions and the constraints on the satisfaction of their ... More

The Syntax of AdjectivesA Comparative Study

The Syntax of Adjectives: A Comparative Study

Guglielmo Cinque

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014168
eISBN:
9780262289306
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014168.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography

This book offers cross-linguistic evidence that adjectives have two sources. Arguing against the standard view, and reconsidering his own earlier analysis, the author proposes that adjectives enter ... More

A Syntax of Substance

A Syntax of Substance

David Adger

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262018616
eISBN:
9780262312233
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018616.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book proposes a new approach to phrase structure that eschews functional heads and labels structures exocentrically. The proposal simultaneously simplifies the syntactic system and restricts the ... More

Taking ScopeThe Natural Semantics of Quantifiers

Taking Scope: The Natural Semantics of Quantifiers

Mark Steedman

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262017077
eISBN:
9780262301404
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262017077.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book considers the syntax and semantics of quantifier-scope in interaction with negation, polarity, coordination, and pronominal binding, among other constructions. The semantics is “surface ... More

A Two-Tiered Theory of Control

A Two-Tiered Theory of Control

Idan Landau

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780262028851
eISBN:
9780262327251
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028851.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This book develops a theory of control whose central tenet is that control complements divide into two major types: One establishes control by logophoric anchoring, the other by predication. The ... More

Uttering Trees

Uttering Trees

Norvin Richards

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013765
eISBN:
9780262282369
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013765.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This book investigates the conditions imposed upon syntax by the need to create syntactic objects that can be interpreted by phonology — that is, objects which can be pronounced. Drawing extensively ... More

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