Advanced search
1 file | 808.94 KB Add to list

External syntax and the cumulative effect in subject sub-extraction : an experimental evaluation

Ciro Greco (UGent) , Marco Marelli (UGent) and Liliane Haegeman (UGent)
(2017) LINGUISTIC REVIEW. 34(3). p.479-531
Author
Organization
Project
Abstract
Abstract: In this paper, we test the Cumulative Effect proposed by Haegeman et al. (2014). In particular, we focus on the role of factors of external syntax in the modulation of subject opacity to extraction, addressing different constraints presented in Haegeman et al. (2014). Two sets of formal acceptability judgments are presented. In the first experiment, we address the opacity of subjects from a broad point of view, in order to assess whether subject DPs are more resistant to extraction than other DPs. The results confirm that subject constituents are more opaque to extraction than object constituents. In the second experiment, we address the impact on the modulation of the Cumulative Effect of three different constraints individually: the Freezing Principle, the Inactivity Condition and the Edge Condition. We did that through the manipulation of two different factors: the position of the extraction site and the predicate type. The results do not confirm the predictions made by the Cumulative Effect, since the interaction between different factors does not appear to be additive and incremental. We discuss the implications of these results for the existing theories of subject islands and address an alternative perspective, recently proposed by Bianchi and Chesi (2014), according to which the opacity of subjects is a function of the syntax semantics interface.
Keywords
Acceptability Gradience, Italian, Subject Islands, Sub-extraction, Experimental Syntax

Downloads

  • (...).pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • UGent only
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 808.94 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Greco, Ciro, et al. “External Syntax and the Cumulative Effect in Subject Sub-Extraction : An Experimental Evaluation.” LINGUISTIC REVIEW, vol. 34, no. 3, De Gruyter Mouton, 2017, pp. 479–531.
APA
Greco, C., Marelli, M., & Haegeman, L. (2017). External syntax and the cumulative effect in subject sub-extraction : an experimental evaluation. LINGUISTIC REVIEW, 34(3), 479–531.
Chicago author-date
Greco, Ciro, Marco Marelli, and Liliane Haegeman. 2017. “External Syntax and the Cumulative Effect in Subject Sub-Extraction : An Experimental Evaluation.” LINGUISTIC REVIEW 34 (3): 479–531.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Greco, Ciro, Marco Marelli, and Liliane Haegeman. 2017. “External Syntax and the Cumulative Effect in Subject Sub-Extraction : An Experimental Evaluation.” LINGUISTIC REVIEW 34 (3): 479–531.
Vancouver
1.
Greco C, Marelli M, Haegeman L. External syntax and the cumulative effect in subject sub-extraction : an experimental evaluation. LINGUISTIC REVIEW. 2017;34(3):479–531.
IEEE
[1]
C. Greco, M. Marelli, and L. Haegeman, “External syntax and the cumulative effect in subject sub-extraction : an experimental evaluation,” LINGUISTIC REVIEW, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 479–531, 2017.
@article{7280755,
  abstract     = {Abstract: In this paper, we test the Cumulative Effect proposed by Haegeman et al. (2014). In particular, we focus on the role of factors of external syntax in the modulation of subject opacity to extraction, addressing different constraints presented in Haegeman et al. (2014). 
Two sets of formal acceptability judgments are presented. In the first experiment, we address the opacity of subjects from a broad point of view, in order to assess whether subject DPs are more resistant to extraction than other DPs. The results confirm that subject constituents are more opaque to extraction than object constituents. 
In the second experiment, we address the impact on the modulation of the Cumulative Effect of three different constraints individually: the Freezing Principle, the Inactivity Condition and the Edge Condition. We did that through the manipulation of two different factors: the position of the extraction site and the predicate type. The results do not confirm the predictions made by the Cumulative Effect, since the interaction between different factors does not appear to be additive and incremental. We discuss the implications of these results for the existing theories of subject islands and address an alternative perspective, recently proposed by Bianchi and Chesi (2014), according to which the opacity of subjects is a function of the syntax semantics interface.},
  author       = {Greco, Ciro and Marelli, Marco and Haegeman, Liliane},
  issn         = {0167-6318},
  journal      = {LINGUISTIC REVIEW},
  keywords     = {Acceptability Gradience,Italian,Subject Islands,Sub-extraction,Experimental Syntax},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {479--531},
  publisher    = {De Gruyter Mouton},
  title        = {External syntax and the cumulative effect in subject sub-extraction : an experimental evaluation},
  volume       = {34},
  year         = {2017},
}

Web of Science
Times cited: