Long-Distance Dependencies in Continuation Grammar

Abstract

We discuss the treatment of movement and variable binding across finite clause boundaries in the continuation-based grammar of Barker and Shan (2014) and related work. We propose extensions to the theory which make such dependencies compatible with a ban on cross-clausal scope-taking as implemented in Charlow (2014). We demonstrate, however, that this resulting grammar systematically makes incorrect predictions for weak crossover in sentences that combine longdistance movement and variable binding, thus undermining one of the major advantages of continuation-based grammars according to Shan and Barker (2006). We conclude with a critical outlook and a comparison to contemporary LF syntax approaches to scope-taking.

Publication
Proceedings of the 33rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information, and Computation (PACLIC 33).