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1 A Formal Twist for the Same Old Story

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This introductory chapter presenst an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book Vocatives: How Syntax meets with Pragmatics. The book provides a syntactic account for the internal structure of Vocative Phrases, as well as for the way in which the Vocative Phrase connects with the clause. The main thesis is twofold: (i) vocative nouns are regular NPs or DPs embedded in a functional layer that allows them to map the addressee; and (ii) these phrases are visible to the syntactic derivation and merge as arguments in the field that encodes conversational pragmatics at the left periphery of clauses. In other words, the purpose is to show how vocatives are possible outcomes of principled computational operations that apply in the course of any clause derivation. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: syntactic derivation; vocative noun; vocative phrase



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