The Syntax of Relative Clauses: A Unified Analysis
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No. of pages:320 pages
Size:150x230x25 mm
Weight:590 g

The Syntax of Relative Clauses

A Unified Analysis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Short description:

Drawing on a wide range of languages, Cinque argues that all relative clause types derive from a single, double-headed, structure.

Long description:
Relative clauses play a hugely important role in analysing the structure of sentences. This book provides the first evidence that a unified analysis of the different types of relative clauses is possible - a step forward in our understanding. Using careful analyses of a wide range of languages, Cinque argues that the relative clause types can all be derived from a single, double-headed, structure. He also presents evidence that restrictive, maximalizing, ('integrated') non-restrictive, kind-defining, infinitival and participial RCs merge at different heights of the nominal extended projection. This book provides an elegant generalization about the structure of all relatives. Theoretically profound and empirically rich, it promises to radically alter the way we think about this subject for years to come.
Table of Contents:
Introduction; 1. Preliminaries; 2. Deriving the cross-linguistically attested types of restrictive/maximalizing relative clauses from a double-headed structure; 3. Deriving the other types of relative clauses from a double-headed structure; 4. 'Strategies' for the realization of the internal head; 5. Some residual questions; Conclusion; Appendix. Possible evidence for the existence of non-'raising' derivations.