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Feature geometry and predictions of locality

Ivan A. Sag

in Features

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577743
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0010
 							Feature geometry and predictions of locality

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This chapter argues that grammar is a set of local constraints. The Sign‐Based Construction Grammar architecture is feature‐based and model‐theoretic, utilizing constructs (mother–daughter configurations) as the structures over which grammatical dependencies are defined in localist terms. I examine a number of non‐local dependencies (agreement, case assignment, control, and filler–gap dependencies), providing localist analyses that embody precise hypotheses about the nature of non‐locality in language.

Keywords: Sign‐Based Construction Grammar (SBCG); locality; Head‐Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG); subcategorization; case; agreement; filler–gap dependencies; control; idioms; context‐free grammar

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Subjects: Semantics

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