Invisible constituents? Parentheses as B-merged adverbial phrases

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    Parentheses are included in their host sentences, but at the same time they show unintegrated behavior. This article studies this Janus-faced phenomenon from a syntactic point of view. There are two main parts. The first introduces the term Invisibility for syntactic independence based on the absence of c-command relations, which is a particular way of defining structural independence. A number of tests indicate that parentheses and other paratactic constituents are indeed invisible, but specific attention is paid to the various difficulties that show up in establishing such a conclusion. The examples are drawn primarily from Dutch and English. The second part develops a structural proposal for parentheses within a Minimalist type of grammar which takes into account their contradictory properties. Parentheses, it is argued, are adverbial phrases attached by means of a nonsubordinative inclusion relation that can be used in other paratactic configurations as well, in particular appositional constructions.

    Originele taal-2English
    TitelParentheticals
    RedacteurenN. Dehe, Y. Kavalova
    Plaats van productieAMSTERDAM ME
    UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishers
    Pagina's203-234
    Aantal pagina's32
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-90-272-9199-8
    StatusPublished - 2007
    EvenementWorkshop on Parenthetical Constructions/28th Annual Conference of the German-Linguistics-Society - , Germany
    Duur: 1-feb.-2006 → …

    Publicatie series

    NaamLinguistik Aktuell-Linguistics Today
    UitgeverijJOHN BENJAMINS B V PUBL
    Volume106
    ISSN van geprinte versie0166-0829

    Other

    OtherWorkshop on Parenthetical Constructions/28th Annual Conference of the German-Linguistics-Society
    Land/RegioGermany
    Periode01/02/2006 → …

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