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Weak Island Semantics

Márta Abrusán

Abstract

This book presents a novel semantic account of weak, or selective, islands. Weak islands are configurations that block the displacement of certain elements in a sentence. Examples of island violations with acceptable counterexamples include, ‘#How much wine haven’t you drunk?’ (but ‘Which girl haven’t you introduced to Mary?’), ‘#How does John regret that he danced at the party?’ (but ‘Who does John regret that he invited to the party?’), or ‘#How much wine do you know whether you will produce?’ (but ‘Which glass of wine do you know whether you’ll poison?’). For forty years or more explanation ... More

Keywords: weak islands, island violations, intervention effects, semantics of questions, syntactic constraints on movement, syntactic rules, locality principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199639380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639380.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Márta Abrusán, author
Permanent Research Scientist, CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse