Peripheries : syntactic edges and their effects



Peripheries : syntactic edges and their effects

edited by David Adger, Cécile de Cat and George Tsoulas

(Studies in natural language and linguistic theory, v. 59)

Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2004

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Based on a conference held in 2000 at the University of York

Includes bibliographical references (p. 407-435) and index



The syntactic periphery has become one of the most important areas of research in syntactic theory in recent years, due to the emergence of new research programmes initiated by Rizzi, Kayne and Chomsky. However research has concentrated on the empirical nature of clausal peripheries. The purpose of this volume is to explore the question of whether the notion of periphery has any real theoretical bite. An important consensus emerging from the volume is that the edges of certain syntactic expressions appear to be the locus of the connection between phrase structure, prosody, and information structure. This volume contains 16 papers by researchers in this area. The book: - contains an extensive introduction setting out the research questions addressed and setting the contributions in an overall theoretical context, - has a distinct comparative slant, - brings together work from a range of theoretical perspectives, while maintaining a unity of purpose, - could serve as the basis for a graduate course on peripheral positions, - contains papers addressing: = the question of the fine-grainedness of syntactic representations, = the relevance of syntactic edges to locality and semantic interpretation, = the nature of the dependencies connecting peripheral elements to the syntactic core. Audience: Academics and graduate students interested in syntax and its interfaces with semantics and prosody, acquisition of syntax, cross-linguistic comparison.


  • Contributing Authors.- Acknowledgments.- 1. Core Questions about the Edge
  • D. Adger, C. de Cat. 2. On The Left And On The Right
  • R. Cann, R. Kempson, L. Marten, M. Otsuka, D. Swinburne. 3. The Left Periphery In Hungarian: Towards A Phase-Based Account
  • B. Suranyi. 4. Unspecified Categories As The Key To Root Constructions
  • J. Emonds. 5. Peripheral Effects Without Peripheral Syntax: The Left Periphery In Korean
  • G. Tsoulas, Kook-Hee Gill. 6. Japanese Scrambling In A Comparative Perspective
  • M. Saito. 7. Left Or Right? A View From The Kwa Peripheral Positions
  • E. Olade Aboh. 8. Cross-Linguistic Word Order Variation At The Left Periphery: The Case Of Object First Main Clauses
  • C. Platzack. 9. DP Periphery and Clausal Periphery: Possessor Doubling In West Flemish
  • L. Haegeman. 10. SubMove: Towards A Unified Account Of Scrambling And D-Linking
  • C. Boeckx, K. Grohmann. 11. On the Edge
  • P. Svenonius. 12. Clausal Edges And Their Effects On Scope
  • K. Johnson. 13. Edge Coordinations: Focus And Conjunction Reduction
  • V. Bianchi, R. Zamparelli. 14. Broad Subjects And Clitic Left Dislocation
  • T. Alexopoulou, E. Doron, C. Heycock. 15. Acquiring The Left Periphery Of The Modern Greek DP
  • T. Marinis. 16. Early Peripheries In The Absence Of C
  • B. Plunkett. Bibliography.- Index

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