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Title: Long-distance dependencies without filler−gaps: a cognitive-functional alternative in Fluid Construction Grammar
Author: Remi van Trijp
Institution: Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories; Syntax
Abstract: Long-distance dependencies are notoriously difficult to analyze in a formally explicit way because they involve constituents that seem to have been extracted from their canonical position in an utterance. The most widespread solution is to identify a gap at an extraction site and to communicate information about that gap to its filler, as in What_fillerdid you see_gap? This paper rejects the filler−gap solution and proposes a cognitive-functional alternative in which long-distance dependencies spontaneously emerge as a side effect of how grammatical constructions interact with each other for expressing different conceptualizations. The proposal is supported by a computational implementation in Fluid Construction Grammar that works for both parsing and production.


This article appears IN Language and Cognition Vol. 6, Issue 2.

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