Lexical and Constructional Aspects of Linguistic Explanation

Lexical and Constructional Aspects of Linguistic Explanation




This anthology draws together leading linguists, logicians, and computer scientists working on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Construction Grammar. Covering a wide array of linguistic topics and languages, the papers in this book document the singular ability of lexicalist theories of grammar to provide analyses that combine the advantages of explanatoriness, analytic precision, and thorough empirical data coverage. Topics that are discussed include: argument structure, idiomatic constructions, case and agreement, anaphora and ellipsis, syntactic locality, and nonlocality, quantification, word structure, issues in processing and formalization, and unbounded dependencies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575861524
Publisher: Center for the Study of Language and Inf
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Series: Center for the Study of Language and Information - Lecture Notes Series
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Lexical Argument Structure: 1. Kinds of objecthood in Chamorro grammar; 2. A composition approach to Modern Greek 'weak form' possessives; 3. West Greenlandic noun incorporation in a monohierarchical theory of grammar; 4. Dissociations between ARG-ST and grammatical relations; Part II. Lexical and Syntactic Constructions: 5. A lexical approach to quantifier floating in French; 6. German Pied-Piper infinitives; 7. Inversion and constructional inheritance; 8. German partial-VP topicalization revisited; 9. English number names in HPSG; Part III. Binding Theory: 10. Long-distance reflexives and the binding square of opposition; 11. HPSG, GB, and the Balinese bind; Part IV. Case and Agreement: 12. Peripheral constructions and core phenomena; 13. Locus agreement in American sign language; 14. On case assignment and 'adjuncts as complements'; Part IV. Formal and Computational Issues: 15. The importance of being lazy; 16. Inside-out constraints and description languages for HPSG; 16. Strong generative capacity in HPSG; 17. Off-line constraint propagation for efficient HPSG processing; 17. Conjunctive semantics for semantically transparent adverbials; 18. Antecedent contained ellipsis in HPSG; 19. The scope-marking construction in German; 20. Lexicalization of context; Name index; Subject index.

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