Article published in:Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In honor of Jerry Sadock
Edited by Etsuyo Yuasa, Tista Bagchi and Katharine Beals
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 176] 2011
► pp. 243–260
An automodular perspective on the frozenness of pseudoclefts, and vice versa
This paper is a try at building a bridge between a vexing topic – the architecture of emphatic sentences in English (and by induction, of all languages) – and the automodular theory of our old pal Jerry Sadock, a theory which I understand way too little of. I beg forbearance at the outset for my misunderstandings, and I only hope that the end of the bridge about emphatic sentences will be clearly enough enunciated that people who know more about automodularity will be able to see where I get to in crossing the Great Water between us, so that they, starting with a clear idea of the ins and outs of their machinery and tools, will be able to proceed towards what a dyed-in-the-wool (i.e. a non-recovering) transformationalist like myself finds to be of central importance.
Published online: 29 April 2011