Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 440 pages
This book presents the most complete exposition of the theory of head-driven phrase structure grammar (HPSG), introduced in the authors' Information-Based Syntax and Semantics. HPSG provides an integration of key ideas from the various disciplines of cognitive science, drawing on results from diverse approaches to syntactic theory, situation semantics, data type theory, and knowledge representation. The result is a conception of grammar as a set of declarative and order-independent constraints, a conception well suited to modelling human language processing.

This self-contained volume demonstrates the applicability of the HPSG approach to a wide range of empirical problems, including a number which have occupied center-stage within syntactic theory for well over twenty years: the control of "understood" subjects, long-distance dependencies conventionally treated in terms of wh-movement, and syntactic constraints on the relationship between various kinds of pronouns and their antecedents. The authors make clear how their approach compares with and improves upon approaches undertaken in other frameworks, including in particular the government-binding theory of Noam Chomsky.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A System of Signs
15
Agreement
60
Complement Structures
100
Unbounded Dependency Constructions
157
Relative Clauses
208
Internally Headed Relative Clauses 232 Conclusion
236
Conclusion
280
Aspects of Interpretation
318
Contextual Information 332 Some Analytic Alternatives
337
Reflections and Revisions
344
Appendix
395
References
405
Index of Names
423
Index of Subjects
429
Copyright

Complement Control
282

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