Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Bakovic, Eric and Keer, Eric (2001)


This study on the obligatory/impossible/optional occurrence of complementizers in English and Norwegian embedded clauses is the first to link the notions of optionality and ineffability to each other. It is a rather introductory text, highlighting mostly the theoretical problems which the phenomena pose for OT-syntax. It is proposed that optionality typically results from different inputs mapped to different outputs whereas ineffability is neutralization of different inputs to the same output.

authorBakovic, Eric and Keer, Eric
titleOptionality and Ineffability
editorLegendre, Géraldine and Grimshaw, Jane and Vikner, Sten
booktitleOptimality-Theoretic Syntax
addressCambridge, Mass.
publisherMIT Press


    author = {Bakovic, Eric and Keer, Eric},
    year = {2001},
    title = {Optionality and Ineffability},
    booktitle = {Optimality-Theoretic Syntax},
    editor = {Legendre, Géraldine and Grimshaw, Jane and Vikner, Sten},
    address = {Cambridge, Mass.},
    publisher = {MIT Press},
    pages = {279--301},
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