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The Unity of Unbounded Dependency Constructions cover

The Unity of Unbounded Dependency Constructions

Robert D. Levine and Thomas E. Hukari

How do languages transmit information about the properties of phrases over large structural distances? This is the difficult question raised by the phenomenon of extraction, and while extraction has driven the development of syntactic theory for decades, there is still no consensus on what form the connectivity mechanism should take. A number of recent theoretical approaches share the view that extraction is not a unitary phenomenon, but this monograph offers data that radically undercuts this view. The grammar of extraction connectivity, the authors conclude, is relatively simple, homogenous in construction type, and uniform in the position of the extractee.

Robert Levine is Associate Professor of Linguistics at The Ohio State Univerity. Associat Professor Thomas E. Hukari is Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the Univeristy of Victoria.


  • Preface
  • 1 Extraction in Head-Driven Structure Grammar
  • Part I Extraction: Unitary Across X Positions
    • 2 Subject Extraction
    • 3 Adjunct Extraction
  • Part II Extraction: Unitary Across Constructions
    • 4 UDCs and Antipronominal Environments
    • 5 UDCs and Islandhood
    • 6 UDCs and Weak Crossover
    • 7 The Syntax of Missing Object Constructions
  • Afterword: The Limitations of Syntax
  • Afterword: The Binding Theory in Pollard & Sag 1994
  • References
  • Index


ISBN (Paperback): 1575864665 (9781575864662)
ISBN (Cloth): 1575864657 (9781575864655)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575869136 (9781575869131)

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