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Parenthesis and Ellipsis: Cross-Linguistic and Theoretical Perspectives

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ISBN: 9781614514831 9781614516743 9781501500466 Year: Pages: 363 DOI: 10.1515/9781614514831 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Linguistics
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This volume presents a cross-section of research addressing the interaction of two prominent areas in linguistic theory: parenthesis and ellipsis. The contributions address various theoretical questions raised by 'incomplete' parenthetical constituents, covering a diverse empirical domain and various subfields of linguistics.

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Parenthesis --- Ellipsis --- Syntax --- Semantics --- Pragmatics.

Combinatory Linguistics

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ISBN: 9783110296877 9783110251708 Year: Pages: 298 DOI: 10.1515/9783110296877 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council
Subject: Linguistics
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The book examines to what extent the mediating relation between constituents and their semantics can arise from combinatory knowledge of words. It traces the roots of Combinatory Categorial Grammar, and uses the theory to promote a Humean question in linguistics and cognitive science: Why do we see limited constituency and dependency in natural languages, despite their diversity and potential infinity? A potential answer is that constituents and dependencies might have arisen from a single resource: adjacency. The combinatory formulation of adjacency constrains possible grammars.

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