Constraints on multiple center-embedding of clauses

  title={Constraints on multiple center-embedding of clauses},
  author={Fred Karlsson},
  journal={Journal of Linguistics},
  • Fred Karlsson
  • Published 1 July 2007
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of Linguistics
A common view in theoretical syntax and computational linguistics holds that there are no grammatical restrictions on multiple center-embedding of clauses. Syntax would thus be characterized by unbounded recursion. An analysis of 119 genuine multiple clausal center-embeddings from seven ‘Standard Average European’ languages (English, Finnish, French, German, Latin, Swedish, Danish) uncovers usage-based regularities, constraints, that run counter to these and several other widely held views… 

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