Asymmetry in Grammar, Volume 1

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Anne-Marie Di Sciullo
John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 411 pages
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Asymmetry in Grammar: Syntax and Semantics brings to fore the centrality of asymmetry in DP, VP and CP. A finer grained articulation of the DP is proposed, and further functional projections for restrictive relatives, as well as a refined analyses of case identification and presumptive pronouns. The papers on VP discuss further asymmetries among arguments, and between arguments and adjuncts. Double-object constructions, specificational copula sentences, secondary predicates, and the scope properties of adjuncts are discussed in this perspective. The papers on CP propose a further articulation of the phrasal projection, justifications for Remnant IP movement, and an analysis of variation in clause structure asymmetries. The papers in semantics support the hypothesis that interpretation is a function of configurational asymmetry. The type/token information difference is further argued to correspond to the partition between the upper and lower level of the phrase. It is also proposed that Point of View Roles are not primitives of the pragmatic component, but are head-dependent categories. Configurationality is further argued to be required to distinguish contrastive from non-contrastive Topic. Compositionality is proposed to explain cross-linguistic variations in the selectional behavior of typologically different languages.

The papers in syntax include contributions from Antonia Androutsopoulou and Manuel Español-Echevarría, Dana Isac, Edit Jakab, Cedric Boeckx, Julie Anne Legate, Maria Cristina Cuervo, Jacqueline Guéron, Niina Zhang, Thomas Ernst, Manuela Ambar, Jean-Yves Pollock, Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Ilena Paul and Stanca Somesfalean.The papers on semantics include contributions of Greg Carlson,Peggy Speas and Carol Tenny, Chungmin Lee, and James Pustejovsky.
  

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Contents

Asymmetry in grammar
1
An asymmetry
27
Finnish and Old Russian nominative objects
51
Resumption and asymmetric derivation
85
Reconstructing nonconfigurationality
99
The dative alternation
117
On the asymmetry of the specifkational copula sentence
145
The asymmetry between depictives and resultatives in Chinese
165
Whasymmetries
209
Three arguments for remnant IP movement in Romance
251
The clause structure of extraction asymmetries
279
Interpretive asymmetries in major phrases
301
Configurational properties of point of view roles
315
Contrastive Topic and proposition structure
345
Categories types and qualia selection
373
Index
395

Adjuncts and word order asymmetries
187

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About the author (2003)

Anna Maria Di Sciullo is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Quebec at Montreal. She is the author of "Th?orie et description en grammaire g?n?rative", and (with Edwin Williams) "On the Definition of the Word" (MIT Press). She is the editor of "Configurations: Essays on Form and Interpretation", and "Projections and Interface Conditions: Essays on Modularity".