Indefinite Objects: Scrambling, Choice Functions, and Differential Marking

Indefinite Objects: Scrambling, Choice Functions, and Differential Marking

by Luis López

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ISBN-13: 9780262517850
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/05/2012
Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs , #63
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Luis López is Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction: Remarks on the Grammar of Indefinite Objects 1

1.1 Indefinites: Their Readings, Scopes, and Peculiar Morphologies 3

1.2 Spanish Marked Objects 12

1.3 Conclusions 29

2 Scrambling and Differential Object Marking 31

2.1 Theoretical Assumptions 31

2.2 Short Scrambling and A-Dependencies 39

2.3 The [Context] of Accusative A 59

2.4 Conclusions 64

Appendix: On Incorporation of Indefinite Objects 65

3 Scrambling and Semantic Composition 69

3.1 Introduction 69

3.2 Restriction, Saturation, and the Structure of Transitive Predicates 72

3.3 Empirical Consequences 84

3.4 Conclusions 97

4 Crosslinguistic Predictions 101

4.1 Introduction 101

4.2 Dependent-Marked DOM: Persian 106

4.3 Dependent-Marked DOM: Hindi-Urdu 118

4.4 Head-Marked DOM: Kiswahili 133

4.5 Dependent- and Head-Marked DOM: Romanian 138

4.6 No (Apparent) Marking: German 144

4.7 Conclusions 149

Appendix: Inuit 151

Notes 155

References 163

Index 171

What People are Saying About This

Sandra Chung

Luis López's book is masterful. Lucidly written, creative, and empirically careful, this work will set the standard for research on differential object marking and semantic incorporation for some time to come.

Molly Diesing

Luis López draws upon recent developments in both syntax and semantics to provide an interesting and novel account of differential object marking and scope phenomena. This work includes insightful discussion of innovations in the analysis of indefinites and the semantics of specificity, as well as an in depth study of a broad range of data. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the intricacies of Spanish syntax and the syntax/semantics interface more generally.

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"Luis López draws upon recent developments in both syntax and semantics to provide an interesting and novel account of differential object marking and scope phenomena. This work includes insightful discussion of innovations in the analysis of indefinites and the semantics of specificity, as well as an in depth study of a broad range of data. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the intricacies of Spanish syntax and the syntax/semantics interface more generally." — Molly Diesing, Professor and Director of GraduateStudies, Department of Linguistics, Cornell University

"This is a very welcome contribution to an ever fascinating topic. It solves old but also new syntactic and semantic puzzles on Spanish indefinite object marking. It proposes an innovative theory on the mapping from syntactic position to interpretation via type-shifting, which is able to explain issues of morphological marking, scrambling, and interpretations of indefinites cross-linguistically." — Helen de Hoop, Professor of Theoretical Linguistics,Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen

"Luis López's book is masterful. Lucidly written, creative, and empirically careful,this work will set the standard for research on differential object marking and semantic incorporation for some time to come." — Sandra Chung, Professor of Linguistics,University of California, Santa Cruz

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Luis López's book is masterful. Lucidly written, creative, and empirically careful, this work will set the standard for research on differential object marking and semantic incorporation for some time to come.

Sandra Chung, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Helen de Hoop

This is a very welcome contribution to an ever fascinating topic. It solves old but also new syntactic and semantic puzzles on Spanish indefinite object marking. It proposes an innovative theory on the mapping from syntactic position to interpretation via type-shifting, which is able to explain issues of morphological marking, scrambling, and interpretations of indefinites cross-linguistically.

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