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Diagnosing Syntax

Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng and Norbert Corver

Abstract

Diagnosis is an essential part of scientific research. It refers to the process of identifying a phenomenon, property, or condition on the basis of certain signs and by the use of various diagnostic procedures. This book considers the use of diagnostics in syntactic research and focuses on the five core domains of natural language syntax — ellipsis, agreement, anaphora, phrasal movement, and head movement. Each empirical domain is considered in turn from the perspectives of syntax, syntax at the interfaces, neuropsycholinguistics, and language diversity. The book presents current thoughts on, ... More

Keywords: diagnosis, signs, syntax research, ellipsis, agreement, anaphora, phrasal movement, head movement, neuropsycholinguistics, language diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602490.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng, editor
Chair Professor of Linguistic, Leiden University

Norbert Corver, editor
Professor of Dutch Linguistics, Utrecht University

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1 Syntactic Diagnostics in the Study of Human Language

LISA LAI-SHEN CHENG AND NORBERT CORVER

Part I Head Movement

Part II Phrasal Movement

10 Diagnosing Covert A‐Movement

MARIA POLINSKY AND ERIC POTSDAM

11 Diagnosing XP‐Movement

WINFRIED LECHNER

Part III Agreement

13 Gender Confusion

ORA MATUSHANSKY

16 Diagnosing Agreement

MARIA TERESA GUASTI AND ORA MATUSHANSKY

Part IV Anaphora

17 Identifying Anaphoric Dependencies

ELENA ANAGNOSTOPOULOU AND MARTIN EVERAERT

18 Condition B

CHRISTOPHER TANCREDI

19 A Processing View on Agrammatism

SERGEY AVRUTIN AND SERGIO BAAUW

20 Tagalog Anaphora

NORVIN RICHARDS

21 Diagnosing Anaphora

MARTIN EVERAERT

Part V Ellipsis

26 Diagnosing Ellipsis

JASON MERCHANT