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This book explains a well-known puzzle that helped catalyze the establishment of generative syntax: how children tease apart the different syntactic structures associated with sentences like John is easy/eager to please. The answer lies in animacy: taking the premise that subjects are animate, the book argues that children can exploit the occurrence of an inanimate subject as a cue to a non-canonical structure, in which that subject is displaced (the book is easy/*eager to read). The author uses evidence from a range of ...

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The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure: Animacy and Thematic Alignment 2017, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781316644935

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The Acquisition of Syntactic Structure: Animacy and Thematic Alignment 2014, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107007840

Hardcover