The direction in which the structure of sentences and filler-gap dependencies are built is a topic of fundamental importance to linguistic theory and its applications. This book develops an integrated understanding of structure building, movement and locality embedded in a syntactic theory that argues for a 'top down' approach, presenting an explicit counterweight to the bottom-up derivations pervading the Chomskian mainstream. It combines a compact and comprehensive historical perspective on structure building, the cycle, and movement, with detailed discussions of island effects, the typology of long-distance filler-gap dependencies, and the special problems posed by the subject in clausal syntax. Providing introductions to the main issues, reviewing extant arguments for bottom-up and top-down approaches, and presenting several case studies in its development of a new theory, this book should be of interest to all students and scholars of language interested in syntactic structures and the dependencies inside them.
About the Author
Marcel den Dikken (Ph.D., Leiden, 1992) has held university appointments in Amsterdam, Groningen, Tilburg, Los Angeles, and New York City, and is currently a Research Professor in Budapest. He is co-author of Syntax of Dutch: Nouns and Noun Phrases, volume 2 (2014), editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax (Cambridge, 2013), and Series Editor of Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
Table of Contents1. Introduction; 2. The directionality of structure building; 3. Find the gap; 4. A syntactic typology of long Ā-dependencies; 5. The trouble with subjects; 6. Conclusion.