Syntactic Edges and their Effects

  • David Adger
  • Cécile De Cat
  • George Tsoulas

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David Adger, Cécile De Cat
    Pages 1-18
  3. Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten, Masayuki Otsuka, David Swinburne
    Pages 19-47
  4. Enoch Oladée Aboh
    Pages 165-189
  5. Cedric Boeckx, Kleanthes K. Grohmann
    Pages 241-257
  6. Peter Svenonius
    Pages 259-287
  7. Kyle Johnson
    Pages 289-311
  8. Valentina Bianchi, Roberto Zamparelli
    Pages 313-327
  9. Theodora Alexopoulou, Edit Doron, Caroline Heycock
    Pages 329-358
  10. Bernadette Plunkett
    Pages 383-405
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 407-445

About this book


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.


Index Scrambling Syntax comparative semantics subject syntactic

Editors and affiliations

  • David Adger
    • 1
  • Cécile De Cat
    • 2
  • George Tsoulas
    • 2
  1. 1.Queen MaryUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.University of YorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1908-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-1910-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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