This book describes several aspects of syntax and semantics of romance languages assuming the point of view of a constraint-based, non-transformational linguistic theory, i.e. Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). Besides the widening of the empirical coverage of HPSG the theory, its main significance consists in a refinement of the theory itself, on the basis of data from romance languages. It contains essays discussing phenomena from Catalan, French, Italian and Spanish.
Introduction; 1. When HPSG speaks romance; 2. French Bounded Dependencies; 3. Determiners as functors; 4. NP structure in Italian; 5. Prepositions in Catalan; 6. Pronouns, Variables, and Extraction; 7. Null complements in Italian; 8. English missing objects and Italian restructuring; 9. Decomposing Italian clitics; 10. Thematically bound adjuncts; Index.
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