Hubert Truckenbrodt

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  • David Pesetsky, Jonathan Bobaljik, Noam Chomsky, Danny Fox, Paul Hagstrom, Morris Halle +6 others
  • 2002
Research on syntax in recent decades has focused on four overlapping topics: 1. the laws that govern the assignment of words to positions in a hierarchical syntactic structure; 2. the laws that govern the assignment of words to more than one position in hierarchical syntactic structure (movement or chain formation); 3. the interface between syntactic(More)
One of the most important tests that any theory of a given descriptive domain must pass is its ability to treat the apparent idiosyncrasies of the data; a theory which is able to extract significant generalities from such irregularities is more adequate (all else being equal) than one which is not. 1 Introduction Vowel harmony is a phonological process by(More)
  • Valentina Bianchi, Daniel Büring, Peter Culicover, Laura Downing, Caroline Fery, Mirco Ghini +25 others
  • 2004
Prosodic and syntactic constraints conflict with each other. This is particularly evident in the expression of focus, where the best position for main stress does not necessarily match the best syntactic position for the focused constituent. But focus and stress must match, therefore either stress or the focused constituent must renounce their best position(More)
In this article we will explore the consequences of adopting recent proposals by Chomsky, according to which the syntactic derivation proceeds in terms of phases. The notion of phase – through the associated notion of spellout – allows for an insightful theory of the fact that syntactic constituents receive default phrase stress not across the board, but as(More)
This paper investigates the intonational phrasing of three types of parenthetical insertions – non-restrictive relative clauses (NRRCs), full sentences, and comment clauses (CCs) – in actual spoken language. It draws on a large set of data from a corpus of spoken British English. Its aim is twofold: first, it evaluates the correctness of previous claims(More)
Prosodic information is crucial for spoken language comprehension and especially for syntactic parsing, because prosodic cues guide the hearer's syntactic analysis. The time course and mechanisms of this interplay of prosody and syntax are not yet well-understood. In particular, there is an ongoing debate whether local prosodic cues are taken into account(More)
Processing of an obligatory phonotactic restriction outside the focus of the participants' attention was investigated by means of ERPs using (reversed) experimental oddball blocks. Dorsal fricative assimilation (DFA) is a phonotactic constraint in German grammar that is violated in *[epsilonx] but not in [open ox], [epsilonintegral], and [open ointegral].(More)
It has proven difficult to provide a unified semantics for the French subjunctive (the difficulty applies more generally to Romance, but we concentrate on French). In this preliminary note, we suggest that this is because the French subjunctive is a semantic default, to be used just in case the indicative would have triggered a presupposition failure (a(More)
  • Marcelo Ferreira, B A Linguistics, M A Linguistics, Irene Heim, Noam Chomsky, Michel Degraff +33 others
  • 2006
This dissertation presents three studies based on the hypothesis that the domain of entities on which natural language interpretation relies includes a partially ordered sub-domain of events. In this sub-domain, we can identify singular and plural elements , the latter being characterizable as mereological sums having singular events as their minimal parts.(More)