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Events, Phrases, and Questions$
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Robert Truswell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577774.001.0001

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Architectural Issues

Architectural Issues

(p.207) 8 Architectural Issues
Events, Phrases, and Questions

Robert Truswell

Oxford University Press

A locality condition stated in terms of events raises questions concerning modularity. Why can a syntactic condition be constrained by semantic factors. Attempts to syntacticize the Single Event Grouping Condition by mapping aspects of event structure into syntax are rejected. Instead, the semantic influence on syntactic operations is related to evidence that semantic factors locally influence incremental syntactic processing. We end with a brief sketch of an implementation in Gibson's Dependency Locality Theory. This theory measures locality in terms of discourse referents, and so penalizes the proliferation of discourse referents such as events. Although only an outline is provided, this approach has instant empirical benefits, and promises to provide a principled explanation for the apparent nonmodularity of the Single Event Grouping Condition.

Keywords:   lexical decomposition, phrase structure, event structure, syntactocentrism, syntactic representation of event structure, modularity, incremental processing, Dependency Locality Theory

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