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Explaining Syntax: Representations, Structures, and Computation

Peter W. Culicover


This book brings together important observations on the nature of syntax and its place within the architecture of language. Over four decades he has sought to understand the mental system in which linguistic expressions are processed. This has led him to re-formulate the balance between the requirements of interpretation and the role of syntactic structure; to examine the nature of the empirical basis in which particular structural analyses can be applied to linguistic expressions; and to consider the extent to which such analyses reflect judgements based not only on linguistic competence but ... More

Keywords: syntax, architecture of language, syntactic structure, Simpler Syntax Hypothesis, Ray Jackendoff

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660230
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660230.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter W. Culicover, author
Humanities Distinguished Professor in Linguistics, The Ohio State University

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Front Matter

1 Prologue

Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff

Part I Representations

4 Stress and focus in English (1983)*

Peter W. Culicover and Michael S. Rochemont

5 Control, PRO, and the Projection Principle (1992)*

Peter W. Culicover and Wendy Wilkins

Part II Structures

7 Deriving dependent right adjuncts in English (1997)*

Michael S. Rochemont and Peter W. Culicover

10 Stylistic Inversion in English

Peter W. Culicover and Robert D. Levine

Part III Computation

11 A reconsideration of Dative Movements (1972)*

Ray Jackendoff and Peter W. Culicover

End Matter