Gillian Ramchand

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In this article, we argue that, under current conceptions of the architecture of the grammar, apparent wh-dependencies can, in principle, arise from either a movement or a base-generation strategy, where Agree establishes the syntactic connection in the latter case. The crucial diagnostics are not locality effects, but identity effects. We implement the(More)
Classical generative grammar partitions linguistic competence into three basic components: lexical knowledge, phrase structure rules and transformational rules (Chomsky 1965,Chomsky 1981). One of the fundamental debates over the years, and one which is still alive today, concerns the division of labour between lexical information and processes that reside(More)
In this paper we argue that a structural distinction between predicational and equative copular clauses is illusory. All semantic predicational relationships are constructed asymmetrically via a syntactic predicational head; differences reduce to whether this head bears an event variable or not. This allows us to maintain a restrictive view of the(More)
In this paper, we analyse the formation of goal of motion interpretation in English and Italian. We argue that contrary to what has been argued, both languages do form goal of motion interpretations although in a manner constrained by the principles of event structure composition. Parametric variation among the two languages will be driven by: (i) the(More)
Whether despite the amount of ink spilled over the verb-particle construction or because of it, there is still a dramatic lack of consensus regarding its syntactic structure. The construction is intriguing because the verb and particle function autonomously in some respects (for example, both (1) and (2) allow the verb-particle combination to be separated,(More)
This paper examines the problem of selectional ‘matching’ effects in Bengali V-V complex predicates, and English denominal verbs within the context of a decompositional syntax/semantics for verbal meaning and a theory of lexical insertion under non-terminals. It argues that within the particular version of this kind of lexical insertion, as proposed by(More)
We adopt a theory of relativisation based on the idea that relatives, like wh-constructions in the analysis of Chomsky (1998), require two sorts of features to construct their LF-interpretation. We argue that it is the variable interpetability of these features that gives rise to different syntactic patterns. We use this theory to provide an explanation for(More)