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The Dynamics of Lexical Interfaces

edited by Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, and Christine Howes

Dynamic Syntax is a formal model of utterance description that attempts to articulate and substantiate the claim that human linguistic knowledge is essentially the ability to process language in context. The model provides an explicit demonstration of how interpretation is built up incrementally from the information provided by the words as they are encountered. Drawing from a range of analyses of natural language data, the authors use formal definitions, step-by-step derivations, and detailed lexical definitions to illustrate this new form of syntactic analysis and to show how the model can be applied to a broad range of constructions and languages.

Ruth Kempson is Emeritus Professor of King's College London and Associate Research Professor of Queen Mary, University of London, and School of Oriental and African Studies. She is best known for her work on Dynamic Syntax. Eleni Gregoromichelaki is a Research Fellow at King's College London working within the Dynamic Syntax research group. Christine Howe is a PhD candidate in the school of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction
    Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki and Christine Howes
  • I Applying the framework
  • 2 SiSwati Clefts
    Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten and Nhlanhla Thwala
  • 3 The Prosody of Bemba Relative Clauses
    Nancy C. Kula and Lutz Marten
  • 4 Future Constructions in Medieval Spanish
    Yicheng Wu
  • 5 Word-Order Variation in Korean
    Jieun Kiaer
  • 6 Local Ambiguity, Search Strategies and Parsing in Dynamic Syntax
    Yo Sato
  • II New departures
  • 8 Conditionals Conditionals in Dynamic Syntax
    Eleni Gregoromichelaki
  • 9 Towards an Account of the English Auxilliary
    Ronnie Cann
  • 10 Dynamic Account of Clitic Climbing
    Stergios Chatzikyriakidis
  • 5 The Bei Construction in Chinese
    Ronnie Cann and Yicheng Wu
  • References
  • Index

April 2011

ISBN (Paperback): 9781575866147
ISBN (Cloth): 9781575866154
ISBN (Electronic): 9781575866949

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