Architectural issues and case studies at the syntax-pragmatics interface
Andreas Trotzke | University of Konstanz
The term ‘syntactocentrism’ has been used to criticize the claim that syntax, as regarded in generative linguistics, plays the central role in modeling the mental architecture of the human language faculty. This research monograph explores the conjecture that many of the objections to the generative perspective, as they are formulated in alternative frameworks such as construction grammar, disappear once the consequences of recent minimalist theory are taken seriously. To show this, the book applies recent concepts of minimalist grammar to phenomena like the syntactic flexibility of idioms, the pragmatics of left-periphery-movement, or opacity effects involved in subextraction patterns. The book makes a new contribution to the field, as existing monographs on architectural matters in minimalism neither discuss alternative frameworks at length nor place a premium on pragmatic explanations for syntactic facts. The primary audience of this book are researchers and graduate students interested in a state-of-the-art discussion of grammatical architecture.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 225] 2015. vi, 147 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction | pp. 1–4
Chapter 2. Syntactocentrism: Foundations and minimalist implementation | pp. 5–40
Chapter 3. The syntactocentric approach to the syntax-pragmatics interface | pp. 41–64
Chapter 4. Minimalist approaches to the syntax-pragmatics interface | pp. 65–102
Chapter 5. Alternatives to syntactocentrism | pp. 103–132
Chapter 6. Conclusion: Rethinking syntactocentrism | pp. 133–134
References | pp. 135–146
Index | pp. 147–148
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General