Peter W. Culicover

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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)
What roles do syntax and semantics have in the grammar of a language? What are the consequences of these roles for syntactic structure, and why does it matter? We sketch the Simpler Syntax Hypothesis, which holds that much of the explanatory role attributed to syntax in contemporary linguistics is properly the responsibility of semantics. This rebalancing(More)
The results of several self-paced reading and eye-tracking studies (e.g., Pickering and Traxler, 2003) have been interpreted to suggest that readers do not use verb subcategorization preference as an early means for completing unbounded dependencies. Subsequent papers (e.g., Arai and Keller, 2013) have hypothesized that this finding may actually be due to(More)
An investigation into the possibility of impossible languages, searching for the indelible " fingerprint " of human language. A wide-ranging generative analysis of the typology of possession sentences, solving long-standing puzzles in their syntax and semantics. A systematic exposition of Reinhart's Theta System, with extensive annotations and essays that(More)
There are many logical possibilities for marking morphological features. However only some of them are attested in languages of the world, and out of them some are more frequent than others. For example, it has been observed that inflectional morphology tends to overwhelmingly involve suffixation rather than prefixation. This paper proposes an explanation(More)