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Dynamic Syntax is a formal model of utterance description that attempts to articulate and substantiate the claim that human linguistic knowledge is essentially the ability to process language in context. The model provides an explicit demonstration of how interpretation is built up incrementally from the information provided by the words as they are encountered. Drawing from a range of analyses of natural language data, the authors use formal definitions, step-by-step derivations, and detailed lexical definitions to illustrate this new form of syntactic analysis and to show how the model can be applied to a broad range of constructions and languages.

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Ruth Kempson is professor emeritus of philosophy at King’s College London and associate research professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Eleni Gregoromichelaki is a research fellow in the dynamic syntax research group at King’s College London. Christine Howes is a doctoral candidate in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 Introduction: The Dynamics of Lexical Interfaces Ruth Kempson Eleni Gregoromichelaki Christine Howes 1

I Applying the framework 21

2 SiSwati Clefts Ruth Kempson Lutz Marten Nhlanhla Thwala 23

3 The Prosody of Bemba Relative Clauses Nancy C. Kula Lutz Marten 61

4 Future Constructions in Medieval Spanish Miriam Bouzouita 91

5 Towards A Dynamic Typology of Passives Yicheng Wu 133

6 Word-Order Variation in Korean Jieun Kiaer 165

7 Local Ambiguity, Search Strategies and Parsing in Dynamic Syntax Yo Sato 205

II New departures 235

8 Conditionals in Dynamic Syntax Eleni Gregoromichelaki 237

9 Towards an Account of the English Auxiliary System Ronnie Cann 279

10 A Dynamic Account of Clitic Climbing Stergios Chatzikyriakidis 319

11 The Bei Construction in Chinese Ronnie Cann Yicheng Wu 339

References 381

Index 401

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