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On Subject-Auxiliary Inversion and the notion “purely formal generalization”

Borsley, Robert D and Newmeyer, Frederick J (2009) 'On Subject-Auxiliary Inversion and the notion “purely formal generalization”.' Cognitive Linguistics, 20 (1). pp. 135-143. ISSN 0936-5907

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: auxiliary; construction; formal generalization; polarity; prototype; subject; Subject-Auxiliary Inversion
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 09:16
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:20

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