Beyond Coherence

The syntax of opacity in German

Vera Lee-Schoenfeld | Swarthmore College
ISBN 9789027233783 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027291974 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The overarching theme of this volume is one of the central concerns of syntactic theory: How local is syntax, and what are the measures of syntactic locality? It is argued here that movement and anaphoric relations are governed by a unified concept of locality: the phase. On an empirical level, Beyond Coherence brings together three strands of research on German syntax: ‘coherence’, the study of (reduced) infinitive constructions; the possessor dative construction, with a dative nominal playing the dual role of possessor and affectee; and binding, the distribution of anaphors and pronominals. These apparently disparate areas of research intersect in that the locality constraints on the possessor dative construction and binding allow the two phenomena to serve as probes for infinitival clause size. Offering a Minimalist ‘possessor raising’ and phase-based binding account, this work culminates in a discussion of the phase as the key to the various opacity effects observed in the book.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 114] 2007.  viii, 206 pp.
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“In probing the 'Satzwertigkeit' of infinitives, Vera Lee-Schoenfeld shows great sensitivity to key questions of both traditional philology and modern syntactic theory. Her insightful analysis of the surprising Possessor Dative Construction facts makes an essential contribution to the lively debate on locality in syntax, yielding an empirical argument that is sure to be influential.”
“Lee-Schoenfeld provides a masterful guide through the intricate data on a fundamental syntactic question: what makes a phrase into a boundary for syntactic processes? Drawing on extensive data from German, she shows that disparate empirical domains­possessor datives and binding facts­converge on a new understanding of ‘clausal’ locality effects emerging from the phase. This landmark study is a significant contribution to our understanding of German syntax.”
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CFK: Grammar, syntax

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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