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The Complementizer Phase: Subjects and Operators

ISBN : 9780199584369

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Author: 
E. Phoevos Panagiotidis
Pages
304 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
155 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2010
Series
Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics
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This book draws together nine original investigations by leading linguists and promising young scholars on the syntax of complementizers (eg that in She said that she would) and their phrases. The chapters are divided into two parts, each of which highlights aspects of the behaviour and function of complementisers. The first part looks at how and when subjects, or parts of subjects, can and cannot move outside their canonical position in a sentence. Each chapter examines and compares the relevance of a number of syntactic factors in languages such as English, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese and Bavarian. In the second part, the focus turns to the nature and function of complementisers themselves, with discussions drawing on evidence from Italian, Italian dialects, Hebrew, and Dutch. "This important compilation advances our knowledge of the intricate phenomena that take place on the edges of clauses. Every one of the contributions is thought-provoking and challenging, a property that would make the volume an ideal text for a graduate seminar in syntactic theory." Frederick J. Newmeyer Professor Emeritus, University of Washington and Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University

Index: 

1. Introduction: complementizers and their Phase
PART I: FROM INSIDE THE COMPLEMENTIZER PHASE: (SUB-)EXTRACTION, MAINLY OF SUBJECTS
2. On Some Properties of Criterial Freezing
3. (Non-)extraction From Subjects as an Edge Phenomenon
4. Sub-extraction From Phase Edges
5. Subjects on the Edge
6. On the Necessity of Phi-features: The Case of Bavarian Subject Extraction
7. Apparent Hyper-raising in Brazilian Portuguese: Agreement with Topics Across a Finite CP
PART II: COMPLEMENTISERS THEMSELVES: THEIR FEATURES AND SPECIFIER(S)
8. The Structure and Interpretation of (Romance) Complementizers
9. Nested Interrogatives and the Locus of wh
10. Complex wh-phrases don't move: On the Interaction between the Split CP-hypothesis and the Syntax of wh-movement
References
Index

About the author: 

E. Phoevos Panagiotidis is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cyprus. He is the author of Pronouns, Clitics and Empty Nouns (John Benjamins 2002) and has published numerous articles on syntactic theory in Lingua, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Inquiry, and the Journal of Greek Linguistics.

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