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- J. Bresnan
- 19 December 2000
Acknowledgements. Prologue. Part I: On the Architecture of Universal Grammar:. 1. Nonconfigurationality. 2. Movement Paradoxes. 3. Lexicality and Argument Structure. Part II: Formally Modelling the…
The Mental representation of grammatical relations
The editor of this volume, who is also author or coauthor of five of the contributions, has provided an introduction that not only affords an overview of the separate articles but also interrelates…
Predicting the dative alternation
Presenting a case study of work on the English dative alternation, it is shown that linguistic intuitions ofgrammaticality are deeply flawed and seriously underestimate the space of grammatical possibility, and that the four problems in the critique of usage data are empirical issues that can be resolved by using modern statistical theory and modeling strategies widely used in other fields.
Syntax of the Comparative Clause Construction in English
- J. Bresnan
- Computer Science
The comparative clause construction in English is almost notorious for its syntactic complexity. Exhibiting a variety of grammatical processes-recursion, deletions, permutations, and suppletions-it…
Object asymmetries in comparative Bantu syntax
ing away from the effects of the relative animacy of passivized subject and object markers, we see that object markers can generally cooccur with passives. This is not true in Chiche wia: the object…
The lexical integrity principle: Evidence from Bantu
The lexical integrity principle has been called into question by recent work which hypothesizes a syntactic phrasal source for inflected words. Bantu morphology provides a particularly rich empirical…
Topic, Pronoun, and Agreement in Chicheŵa@@@Topic, Pronoun, and Agreement in Chichewa
Predicting syntax: Processing dative constructions in American and Australian varieties of English
The present study uses probabilistic models of corpus data in a novel way, to measure and compare the syntactic predictive capacities of speakers of different varieties of the same language. The…
Animacy Encoding in English: Why and How
The relevance of animacy for computational linguistics, specifically generation, the annotation categories used in the two studies and the interannotator reliability for one of the studies are discussed.