Three Investigations of Extraction


In this technical monograph, Paul Postal deals with several issues that inexplicably have been treated only marginally in the development of current linguistic theorizing. He focuses on three problems in syntactic theory that are connected to "extraction"—the occurrence of an element in a distinguished position distinct from its unmarked locus in simple clauses. He examines a largely ignored body of systematic contrasts among known extraction types, the status of the Coordinate Structure Constraint, and the phenomenon of Right Node Raising.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Introduction
  3. 2. Contrasting Extraction Types
  4. 3. The Status of the Coordinate Structure Constraint
  5. 4. Right Node Raising and Extraction
  6. Appendix A: Mistaking Selective Islands for Nonislands
  7. Appendix B: Additional Arguments That Right Node Raising Is an Extraction
  8. Appendix C: Reaction to Referee Comments
  9. Notes
  10. References
  11. Index