Comparisons and Contrasts

Paperback | August 27, 2010

byRichard S. Kayne

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Comparisons and Contrasts collects eleven of Richard Kayne's recent articles in theoretical syntax, with an emphasis on comparative syntax, which uses syntactic differences among languages to probe the properties of the human language faculty. Kayne attaches particular importance to uncoveringthe primitives of syntax/semantics, demonstrating the existence of silent elements that are syntactically and semantically active, and showing their distribution and limitations. He attempts to derive the very existence of the noun-verb distinction-and to account for the sharp differences betweennouns and verbs and for the lack of parallelism between them-from the antisymmetric character of syntax. The common theme is an exploration of how wide a range of questions the field of syntax can reasonably attempt to ask and then answer. Comparisons and Contrasts will appeal to scholars and graduate students interested in syntax, semantics, and their effects on other areas of linguistics.

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Comparisons and Contrasts collects eleven of Richard Kayne's recent articles in theoretical syntax, with an emphasis on comparative syntax, which uses syntactic differences among languages to probe the properties of the human language faculty. Kayne attaches particular importance to uncoveringthe primitives of syntax/semantics, demonst...

Richard S.Kayne is Silver Professor of Linguistics at New York University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. Some Preliminary Comparative Remarks on French and Italian Definite Articles2. Several, Few and Many3. A Note on the Syntax of Numerical Bases4. On Parameters and on Principles of Pronunciation5. A Short Note on where vs. place6. Expletives, Datives, and the Tension between Morphology and Syntax7. Some Silent First Person Plurals8. A Note on Auxiliary Alternations and Silent Causation9. Antisymmetry and the Lexicon10. Why Isn't This a Complementizer?11. Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion (in collaboration with Jean-Yves Pollock)BibliographyIndex