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Symmetry Breaking and Symmetry Restoration

Evidence from English Syntax of Coordination


Szymon J. Napierała

This book treats the faculty of language as part of the Universe subject to physical laws. It presents phenomena from syntax and semantics in the interdisciplinary context. The author analyses the origin of syntax and semantics as autonomous modules (asymmetry), even though they display parallelisms (symmetry). He presents linguistic phenomena in the interdisciplinary context where spontaneous symmetry breaking has a central explanatory role, as it is the case in the physical world.

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This book is a revised version of my 2015 Ph.D. dissertation. I would like to thank my dissertation supervisor Przemysław Tajsner for his help and advice in bringing this work to its present shape. I also benefited from the comments of my reviewers Piotr Stalmaszczyk and Jacek Witkoś.

I also thank Bartosz Wiland and Joanna Śmiecińska for their comments and discussions about some parts of this study.

I would like to thank my family and friends for their support while working on this book. I would like to mention my parents Danuta and Jan, my sister Emilia, Patrycja Andrzejewska, Andrzej Antkowiak, Hanna Antkowiak, Maria Brozowska, Tomasz Dawidowski, Janusz Kubów and Bartłomiej Wróblewski.

Finally, I thank Peter Lang Verlag team: Łukasz Gałecki, Andrea Kolb, Corinna Mailänder and Richard Breitenbach.

Suffice it to say, the author is solely responsible for the claims and errors made in this work. ← 9 | 10 →

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