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Experimental Syntax and Island Effects

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Jon Sprouse, Norbert Hornstein, Matthew W. Wagers, Colin Phillips, Philip Hofmeister, Laura Staum Casasanto, Ivan Sag, Lisa Pearl, Robert Kluender, Simone Gieselman, Brian Dillon, Adele E. Goldberg, Dave Kush, Akira Omaki, Johannes Jurka, Maria Polinsky, Carlos G. Gallo, Peter Graff, Ekaterina Kravtchenko, Adam Morgan, Anne Sturgeon, Theodora Alexopoulou, Frank Keller, Lauren Eby Clemens, Ming Xiang, Dustin Heestand, Masaya Yoshida, Jiyeon Lee, Michael Walsh Dickey
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008700

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  • This volume brings together cutting-edge experimental research from leaders in the fields of linguistics and psycholinguistics to explore the nature of a phenomenon that has long been central to syntactic theory - 'island effects'. The chapters in this volume draw upon recent methodological advances in experimental methods in syntax, also known as 'experimental syntax', to investigate the underlying cognitive mechanisms that give rise to island effects. This volume presents a comprehensive empirical review of a contemporary debate in the field by including contributions from researchers representing a variety of points of view on the nature of island effects. This book is ideal for students and researchers interested in cutting-edge experimental techniques in linguistics, psycholinguistics and psychology.

    • This is a comprehensive investigation of a long-standing problem in linguistics: island effects, and will appeal to those interested in wh-constructions and island constraints
    • Island effects have long been a key focus of theoretical syntax, however for the first time, leading linguists and psycholinguists set the topic within an empirical context
    • Ideal for students and researchers interested in cutting-edge experimental techniques in linguistics, psycholinguistics and psychology
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    Advance Praise: "This important collection of papers demonstrates the utility of experimental syntax by elucidating the debate about the nature and source of syntactic island effects concerning the interaction of the grammar and the processor, thereby providing an excellent introduction to a new avenue for syntactic research." --Robert Freidin, Princeton University.

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008700
    • length: 432 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Experimental syntax and island effects: toward a comprehensive theory of islands Jon Sprouse and Norbert Hornstein
    Part I. Global Issues in the Investigation of Island Effects:
    2. Deriving competing predictions from grammatical approaches and reductionist approaches to island effects Jon Sprouse, Matthew W. Wagers and Colin Phillips
    3. Islands in the grammar? Standards of evidence Philip Hofmeister, Laura Staum Casasanto and Ivan A. Sag
    4. On the nature of island constraints. I: Language processing and reductionist accounts Colin Phillips
    5. Computational models of acquisition for islands Lisa Pearl and Jon Sprouse
    6. On the nature of island constraints. II: Language learning and innateness Colin Phillips
    Part II. Specific Issues in the Investigation of Island Effects:
    7. Memory mechanisms for wh-dependency formation and their implications for islandhood Matthew W. Wagers
    8. What's negative about negative islands? A re-evaluation of extraction from weak island contexts Robert Kluender and Simone Gieselman
    9. On the structural nature of island constraints Brian Dillon and Norbert Hornstein
    10. Backgrounded constituents cannot be 'extracted' Adele E. Goldberg
    11. Microvariation in islands Dave Kush, Akira Omaki and Norbert Hornstein
    12. Subject islands in German revisited Johannes Jurka
    13. Subject islands are different Maria Polinsky, Carlos G. Gallo, Peter Graff, Ekaterina Kravtchenko, Adam Milton Morgan and Anne Sturgeon
    14. What vs. who and which: kind-denoting fillers and the complexity of whether-islands Theodora Alexopoulou and Frank Keller
    15. Resumption in English Maria Polinsky, Lauren Eby Clemens, Adam Milton Morgan, Ming Xiang and Dustin Heestand
    16. The island (in)sensitivity of sluicing and sprouting Masaya Yoshida, Jiyeon Lee and Michael Walsh Dickey.

  • Editors

    Jon Sprouse, University of Connecticut
    Jon Sprouse is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut.

    Norbert Hornstein, University of Maryland, College Park
    Norbert Hornstein is a Full Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park.

    Contributors

    Jon Sprouse, Norbert Hornstein, Matthew W. Wagers, Colin Phillips, Philip Hofmeister, Laura Staum Casasanto, Ivan Sag, Lisa Pearl, Robert Kluender, Simone Gieselman, Brian Dillon, Adele E. Goldberg, Dave Kush, Akira Omaki, Johannes Jurka, Maria Polinsky, Carlos G. Gallo, Peter Graff, Ekaterina Kravtchenko, Adam Morgan, Anne Sturgeon, Theodora Alexopoulou, Frank Keller, Lauren Eby Clemens, Ming Xiang, Dustin Heestand, Masaya Yoshida, Jiyeon Lee, Michael Walsh Dickey

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