Mailhot, Frédéric (2005) An order-theoretic approach to syntactic structure and transformations. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
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Contemporary generative syntactic theory is recast in terms of the mathematical theory of partial orders and order-preserving mappings. Phrase markers are shown to be sets of syntactic objects partially ordered by set-theoretic containment, and by a formal relation analogous to traditional asymmetric c-command. Complete sentential structures are sets of phrase markers related by merger and movement transformations, both of which are order-preserving mappings. The elaborated framework is used to provide a novel perspective on so-called phrase structure paradoxes. In conjunction with recent substantive insights concerning the nature of syntactic derivation, interpretive binding theory and VP-external merger of prepositions, a simple, unified account of the paradox is provided, avoiding problematic aspects of previous accounts.
|Divisions:||Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies|
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Pagination:||ix, 62 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.|
|Program:||School of Graduate Studies|
|Thesis Supervisor(s):||Reiss, Charles|
|Deposited By:||Concordia University Libraries|
|Deposited On:||18 Aug 2011 14:26|
|Last Modified:||18 Aug 2011 14:26|
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