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Gradience in Grammar: Generative Perspectives

Gisbert Fanselow, Caroline Féry, Matthias Schlesewsky, and Ralf Vogel


This book represents the state of the art in the study of gradience in grammar: the degree to which utterances are acceptable or grammatical, and the relationship between acceptability and grammaticality. Gradience is at the centre of controversial issues in the theory of grammar and the understanding of language. The acceptability of words and sentences may be linked to the frequency of their use and measured on a scale. Among the questions considered in the book are: whether such measures are beyond the scope of a generative grammar or, in other words, whether the factors influencing accepta ... More

Keywords: gradience grammar, acceptability, grammaticality, phonology, syntax, long wh-movement, tones, stress patterns, word order variation, question formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199274796
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gisbert Fanselow, editor
University of Potsdam
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Caroline Féry, editor
University of Potsdam
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Matthias Schlesewsky, editor
Phillips University of Margurg