By Leslie H Stennes; Michigan State University. African Studies Center
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It’s the arbitrariness of the solutions used to capture the counterexamples that makes one grow skeptical about the whole approach.
In my opinion, one of the points to stress in the context of reductionist accounts is that they do not seek a unified (processing) theory of islandhood. What unites such accounts is their attempt to remove islands from the purview of syntactic theory. The inspiration for reductionists is often said to come from Miller and Chomsky (1963), who pointed out that the general unacceptability of center-embedding ([the cheese [(that) the rat [(that) the cat chased] ate] was from France]) had to be due to processing considerations, which crucially they tried to be precise about, because ruling out such structures in syntax would lead to unnecessary complications of grammatical/ syntactic rules.
Today, the island landscape resembles a fragmented mosaic. Nevertheless, there remain a few signs pointing to the unity of old. In her review of the literature on weak vs. ” In particular, Szabolcsi notes that just like it is easier to extract an NP, instead of a PP, out of weak islands, it is also easier to find acceptable examples of NP- (but not PP-) extraction out of, say, adjuncts, which typically qualify as strong islands: (36) a. Which politician did John wonder [whether to interview __]?
A reference grammar of Adamawa Fulani by Leslie H Stennes; Michigan State University. African Studies Center