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Paperback | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262510684 | 248 pp. | 6 x 9 in | May 1993

Syntax of Scope


Syntax of Scope takes up the issue of relative operator scope in generative grammar and offers a comparative study of quantifiers and interrogative wh-operators. The authors argue that the interaction of these operators is constrained by two interpretive principles: a Minimum Binding Requirement and a Scope Principle. These principles are shown to provide a unified account for the cross-linguistic similarities and variations in the interaction of operators. The authors present a comprehensive, contrastive study of operators in English and Mandarin Chinese and extend their investigation to Japanese in the last chapter.

About the Authors

Joseph Aoun is President of Northeastern University.

Yen-hui Audrey Li is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California.