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Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics Volume 4, Issue 1 Spring 2011 The Syntax-Semantics Interface in Grammar Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach The Ohio State University Abstract The points of convergence between syntax and semantics are numerous, highly debated, and now emerging as an important field of research. In this paper we explore the notion of an interface between syntax and semantics and how it has been characterized in linguistic theory. Several possible approaches are considered. The cornerstone of the syntax-semantics interface is

. 1995 An acoustic and electropalatographic study of lexical and postlexical palatalization in American English. In: B. Connell, and A. Arvaniti (eds.), Phonology and Phonetic Evidence, 282−302. (Papers in Laboratory Phonology 4.) Cambridge: Cambridge Uni- versity Press. Michael Wagner, Montréal (Canada) 35. The Syntax-Semantics Interface 1. Introduction: different conceptions of the interface 2. History and semantic background 3. Quantifier scope and the model of the grammar 4. Properties of QR 5. Opacity and hidden structure 6. Reconstruction 7. Two recent

Adjectives and Adverbs

Thomas Grano 2 Restructuring at the syntax-semantics interface 1 Introduction A central topic in the analysis of infinitival constructions concerns the treatment of “restructuring” whereby some matrix predicates but not others give rise to biclausal structures that behave monoclausally with respect to particular syntactic tests (see also Jędrzejowski & Demske this volume).1 Here I illustrate the basic phenomenon with two familiar examples. The first is clitic climbing, as found in Italian (Rizzi 1978; Napoli 1981; Burzio 1986; Kayne 1989; Cardinaletti & Shlonsky

Hubert Haider Adverbials at the Syntax-Semantics Interface 1 Introduction Recent theorizing (cf. Chomsky 1995) within Generative Grammar generally opts for a strict positional characterization of the interface relations between syntactic structure and semantic interpretation: There is a syntactic representation, namely LF, that provides unique structural domains to be mapped on unique domains in the semantic representations. To name two examples, Diesing's tree splitting algorithm (Diesing 1992) is intended to provide a positional characterization of the

Serbo-Croatian coordinative conjunctions at the syntax-semantics interface BOBAN ARSENIJEVIĆ The Linguistic Review 28 (2011), 175–206 0167–6318/11/028-0175 DOI 10.1515/tlir.2011.005 ©Walter de Gruyter Abstract In this paper, I present five major Serbo-Croatian conjunctions, and argue that they differ in semantic as well as morphological complexity. I provide a compositional analysis of the morphological make-up of the arguably mor- phologically complex conjunctions, and establish a mapping between the two scales of their complexity. I argue that the Serbo