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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, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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