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Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271092.001.0001

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Basic Clause Structure

Basic Clause Structure

(p.151) CHAPTER 5 Basic Clause Structure
Simpler Syntax

Peter W. Culicover (Contributor Webpage)

Ray Jackendoff (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops a competence theory of the syntax-semantics interface. The interface is described in terms of how semantics is mapped to syntax. Thus, the problem to be addressed is: given a conceptual structure CS that needs to be expressed linguistically, how do the interface and the autonomous principles of syntax construct a syntactic structure SS in correspondence with CS? The opposite direction, mapping from syntax to semantics, will be shown to follow unproblematically from eventual formulation of the principles.

Keywords:   syntax-semantics interface, conceptual structure, words, morphemes, syntactic embedding, linear order constraints, argument structure of verbs, NO arguments

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