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Edge-Based Clausal SyntaxA Study of (Mostly) English Object Structure$
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Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014816

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014816.001.0001

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Edge-Based Clausal Syntax

Paul M. Postal

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This book has presented a general theoretic framework that shows natural language (NL) grammar to be a nongenerative, model-theoretic system. It has also provided evidence to support a notion of syntactic structure entirely dependent on concepts foreign to other current approaches to NL syntax, including primitive edges, edge labeling, and primitive non-structural relations between edges. The discussion has focused on properties of English objects and three distinct types termed 2 objects, 3 objects, and 4 objects—a distinction that elucidates many aspects of the syntactic behavior of English objects such as periphrastic passives, pseudopassives, expletive there constructions, nominalization, middle formation, Visser’s Generalization, and ditransitive clause behavior. The book has illustrated how these basic ideas apply to problems in the syntax of other NLs like Spanish, French, and German.

Keywords:   natural language, grammar, syntax, edges, objects, periphrastic passives, pseudopassives, middle formation, Visser’s Generalization, expletive

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