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- DescriptionIn Ecomy and Semantic Interpretation, Danny Fox investigates the relevance of principles of optimization (ecomy) to the interface between syntax and semantics. Supporting the view that grammar is restricted by ecomy considerations, Fox argues for various ecomy conditions that constrain the application of covert operations. Among other things, he argues that syntactic operations that do t affect phology cant apply unless they affect the semantic interpretation of a sentence. This position has a number of consequences for the architecture of grammar. For example, it suggests that the modularity assumption, according to which a language's syntax must be characterized independently of its semantics, needs to be revised. Ather consequence concerns new answers to the question of exactly where in the syntactic derivation the various constraints on interpretation apply.Linguistic Inquiry Mograph No. 35Copublished with the MIT Working Papers in Linguistics series.
- Author(s)Danny Fox
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication04/02/2000
- Series TitleLinguistic Inquiry Monographs
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 35
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight385 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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