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Events, Phrases, and Questions

Robert Truswell


This book proposes a novel, interface-based analysis of patterns of wh-movement in English in which constraints are stated over both syntactic and semantic representations. Firstly, a theory is presented of the internal structure of events as perceptual and cognitive units. The key question concerns the circumstances in which multiple smaller events, or subevents, can be perceived as jointly forming a single macroevent. Macroevent formation is possible if the subevents in question are perceived as related by one of two contingent relations, namely direct causation and enablement, where the lat ... More

Keywords: wh-movement, locality, condition on extraction domain, adjunct islands, event structure, complex actions, planning, causation, enablement, syntax–semantics interface

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199577774
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Truswell, author
University of Edinburgh