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The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions

A Comparative Study

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Alastair Butler, Eric Mathieu
    Pages 1-31
  3. Alastair Butler, Eric Mathieu
    Pages 33-59
  4. Alastair Butler, Eric Mathieu
    Pages 61-89
  5. Alastair Butler, Eric Mathieu
    Pages 91-128
  6. Alastair Butler, Eric Mathieu
    Pages 129-167
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 169-223

About this book


Split constructions are very widespread in natural languages. The separation of the semantic restriction of a quantifier from that quantifier is a typical example of such a construction. This study addresses the problem that such discontinuous strings exhibit a number of locality constraints, including intervention effects. These are shown to follow from the interaction of a minimalist syntax with a semantics that directly assigns a model-theoretic interpretation to syntactic logical forms. The approach is shown to have wide empirical coverage and a conceptual simplicity. The book will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of syntax and semantics.


comparative Index semantics subject syntactic Syntax

About the authors

ALASTAIR BUTLER is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Formal Language Games Research Group at the Institute for Logic, Language and Information, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research interests are topics in natural language syntax and semantics.

ERIC MATHIEU is an affiliated Researcher in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics at University College, London. His work is on the syntax-semantics interface.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Syntax and Semantics of Split Constructions
  • Book Subtitle A Comparative Study
  • Authors A. Butler
    E. Mathieu
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-2112-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-51528-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-50160-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 223
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Syntax
    Comparative Linguistics
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'Butler and Mathieu argue persuasively that many apparently far-flung

constructions belong together under the rubric of 'split construction'.

Their generalizations are provocative and well-supported, and the theory

is firmly grounded in Predicate Logic with Barriers, a dynamic logic that

provides a fresh perspective on ideas and generalizations that have been,

and continue to be, central to syntactic and semantic theory.' - Christopher Potts, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts