Research Repository

On Subject-Auxiliary Inversion and the notion "purely formal generalization"

Borsley, RD and Newmeyer, FJ (2009) 'On Subject-Auxiliary Inversion and the notion "purely formal generalization".' Cognitive Linguistics, 20 (1). 135 - 143. ISSN 0936-5907

Full text not available from this repository.


English Subject-Auxiliary Inversion (SAI, hereafter) has been considered by many linguists to be a prime example of a formal generalization that does not allow a characterization in functional or semantic terms. However, Adele Goldberg's target article argues that the internal syntactic form of SAI can indeed by characterized in such terms. We provide a considerable amount of evidence that Goldberg is unsuccessful in her attempt to mount a counter-challenge to the idea that SAI represents a significant purely formal generalization in the grammar of English. © 2009 Walter de Gruyter.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 09:16
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 18:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item