Recursive lemons: A review of Recursion across domains

Recursive lemons: A review of Recursion across domains REVIEW ARTICLE Norbert Hornstein University of Maryland, College Park Recursion across domains, ed. by Luiz Amaral, Marcus Maia, Andrew Nevins, and Tom Roeper. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. 404. ISBN 9781108418065. $125 (Hb). Some introduction. I have always admired those who, given a pile of lemons, know how to make lemonade. This collection of essays is a testament to this admirable skill (one, I should add, that I lack). The lemons in this case consist of the many discus- sions of recursion by critics of contemporary generative grammar. The lemonade on offer is an interesting program for the crosslinguistic investigation of variation in self- embedding. In what follows, I want to survey the lemons and the lemonade. In addition, I want to briefly consider what theoretical implications the lemonade on offer might have for current syntactic theory. Before I begin, let me make a confession. I am not really the perfect reviewer for this (kind of) collection. It is chock full of careful empirical crosslinguistic investigations, many of the target languages being understudied. Unfortunately, empirical investiga- tion is not my long suit, as many who know me will be quick to confirm. Facts usually make me itchy, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Linguistic Society of America

Recursive lemons: A review of Recursion across domains

Language, Volume 95 (4) – Dec 17, 2019

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REVIEW ARTICLE Norbert Hornstein University of Maryland, College Park Recursion across domains, ed. by Luiz Amaral, Marcus Maia, Andrew Nevins, and Tom Roeper. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Pp. 404. ISBN 9781108418065. $125 (Hb). Some introduction. I have always admired those who, given a pile of lemons, know how to make lemonade. This collection of essays is a testament to this admirable skill (one, I should add, that I lack). The lemons in this case consist of the many discus- sions of recursion by critics of contemporary generative grammar. The lemonade on offer is an interesting program for the crosslinguistic investigation of variation in self- embedding. In what follows, I want to survey the lemons and the lemonade. In addition, I want to briefly consider what theoretical implications the lemonade on offer might have for current syntactic theory. Before I begin, let me make a confession. I am not really the perfect reviewer for this (kind of) collection. It is chock full of careful empirical crosslinguistic investigations, many of the target languages being understudied. Unfortunately, empirical investiga- tion is not my long suit, as many who know me will be quick to confirm. Facts usually make me itchy, and

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