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)
First the notion "paraphrase" is defined, and then several different types of paraphrase are analyzed: transformational, attenuated, lexical, deriva-tional, and real-world. Next, several different methods of retrieving information are discussed utilizing the notions of paraphrase defined previously. It is concluded that a combination keyword-keyphrase(More)
There is ample evidence that speakers' linguistic knowledge extends well beyond what can be described in terms of rules of compositional interpretation stated over combinations of single words. We explore a range of multiword constructions (MWCs) to get a handle both on the extent of the phenomenon and on the grammatical constraints that may govern it. We(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)
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)
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)