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Dependency and Directionality

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  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107177567

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  • 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.

    • A compact and comprehensive historical perspective on structure building, 'movement' and the cycle, providing an overview of critical issues that will appeal to students and academics alike
    • The top-down line of analysis provides a counterweight to the dominant trend in the field
    • Includes a detailed chapter-long discussion of island effects that brings together and critiques existing literature, as well as offering a new analysis of the subject
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    ‘Marcel den Dikkenʼs book Dependency and Directionality is a must-read for syntacticians. It calls into question many long-held assumptions about the building of syntactic structures and replaces standard views with a challenging alternative that is supported with page after page of solid evidence.' Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of Washington Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107177567
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 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.

  • Author

    Marcel den Dikken, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
    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.

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