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An order-theoretic approach to syntactic structure and transformations


An order-theoretic approach to syntactic structure and transformations

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)
Authors:Mailhot, Frédéric
Pagination:ix, 62 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:School of Graduate Studies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Reiss, Charles
ID Code:8482
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 18:26
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:33
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