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Economy and Semantic Interpretation
by Danny Fox
In Economy and Semantic Interpretation, Danny Fox investigates the relevance of principles of optimization (economy) to the interface between syntax and semantics. Supporting the view that grammar is restricted by economy considerations, Fox argues for various economy conditions that constrain the application of "covert" operations. Among other things, he argues that synta ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 20th 1999 by Mit Press
(first published December 3rd 1999)
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I have to admit, I took a star off on this entirely because of the writing. This is a hard book to follow. The prose is sometimes a little convoluted, which makes it difficult to really get an idea of what he's saying---which is very important, because of the second reason I took a star off: Some of this data is really, really shaky. As it turns out, judgments reported in the book do not always pair up with the reader's (or people near the reader's) judgments, and some of the judgments are extre ...more