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English (Zero-)Relatives and the Competence-Performance Distinction

English (Zero-)Relatives and the Competence-Performance Distinction This article considers English zero-relatives ( (this is) a book ∅ you should read ). Zero-relatives are unacceptable, and arguably “ungrammatical”, when what is initial in the zero-relative is something other than a subject noun phrase. An analysis of the evidence suggests that the unacceptable cases do not reflect the grammar or grammatical principles, but processing complexity. This observation leads in turn to the proposal that what is considered to fall under linguistic competence (grammar) is much more restricted than is typically assumed, and that many supposedly grammatical phenomena are to be explained in other terms. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

English (Zero-)Relatives and the Competence-Performance Distinction

International Review of Pragmatics , Volume 5 (2): 253 – Jan 1, 2013

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Brill
Copyright
© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1877-3095
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1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/18773109-13050206
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Abstract

This article considers English zero-relatives ( (this is) a book ∅ you should read ). Zero-relatives are unacceptable, and arguably “ungrammatical”, when what is initial in the zero-relative is something other than a subject noun phrase. An analysis of the evidence suggests that the unacceptable cases do not reflect the grammar or grammatical principles, but processing complexity. This observation leads in turn to the proposal that what is considered to fall under linguistic competence (grammar) is much more restricted than is typically assumed, and that many supposedly grammatical phenomena are to be explained in other terms.

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: English syntax; syntactic theory; grammatical constraints; processing complexity

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