ERIC Number: ED077268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Strategic Content of Island Constraints. Working Papers in Linguistics No. 13.
This dissertation seeks to provide an improved syntactic analysis of the phenomena known as "island constraints" and to offer a natural explanation for these and other phenomena in behavioral terms. The author approaches the problem using the notions of "nucleus" and "satellite," and shows that these concepts are a necessary part of a descriptively adequate grammatical theory. The behavioral principles seen to be at work are erroneous closure, interrupted behavior, and perceptual conflict. The author presents a reanalysis of three constraints (the complex noun-phrase constraint, the coordinate structure constraint, and a third constraint involving adverbials) and uses the behavioral principles listed above to propose explanations for the main island constraints under consideration. (Author/VM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Linguistics.
Note: Modified version of Ph.D. dissertation, Ohio State University, August 1972