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By Vivian Cook

ISBN-10: 1935554220

ISBN-13: 9781935554226

Delve into the hidden nature of phrases:
An impossible to resist mixture of details, interest, and fun

Linguist Vivian prepare dinner takes us on a super sequence of tours into the background and which means of phrases: How will we examine phrases as a toddler? How are phrases born, and why do they die? Why do a little by no means get spoken, and others by no means written? each one bankruptcy is charmingly illustrated—and followed by means of a wealthy collection of video games, lists, puzzles, and charges. From well mannered phrases to crass phrases, from p-c phrases to Shakespeare’s phrases, from nutrients and wine phrases to jazz and drug words—the booklet is an exhilarating exploration into the abundance and diversity of phrases.

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Also Cocchiarella has announced me [sic] that he’ll let me have his comments soon. After that I’ll revise it. I guess it won’t happen too often to get 2 students of Montague’s to comment on the same stuff. Meanwhile, I’ll get to chapter 3, that looks pretty tough. Then I’ll try to show that everything follows from everything else. During the summer Gennaro was working intensely on finishing his dissertation. He had gotten a job at Brown to start in the fall, but getting a proper visa was a problem involving a painful amount of uncertainty and bureaucratic hassle, since his Fulbright scholarship had come with a stipulation that he return to his home country for two years before reapplying for a US visa.

By the end of the Fall semester of 1981, Gennaro’s dissertation prospectus had been approved, with the title “Syntax and semantics of infinitives and gerunds in English and Italian,” and a committee consisting of me as chair, Emmon Bach, Roger Higgins, and Ed Gettier from Philosophy. In the Spring of 1982 the dissertation was in progress, and Gennaro and Ray also audited the Tense and Aspect seminar that Emmon and I taught as a cross-listed Linguistics/ Philosophy seminar. Students in the seminar for credit included Nirit Kadmon, Dorit Abusch, Charlie Jones, Bipin Indurkhya (from Computer Science), and David Lebeaux.

1985); Chierchia in his dissertation and related articles argued explicitly for such an approach, with no null subject in either the syntax or the semantics. And (iii) some argued for having no null subject in the syntax, but introducing a (bound variable) subject in the semantics (LFG, some Montague grammar analyses such as Bach and Partee (1980)). What was new in Chierchia and Jacobson’s work was the marshaling of evidence to show that the best analysis was not the same in all cases: that “local” control works as Chierchia proposed, via semantic entailments that determine what, if anything, the property denoted by an infinitival VP is to be predicated of, whereas “long distance” control involves determining the interpretation of a null PRO subject.

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