Functional Structure from Top to Toe: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 9

Paperback | November 7, 2014

EditorPeter Svenonius

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This volume consists of nine original chapters on central issues in theoretical syntax, all written by distinguished authors who have made major contributions to generative syntax, plus an introductory chapter by the editor. Dedicated to Tarald Taraldsen, the collection reflects the diverseenergies that have pushed the cartographic program forward over the last decade. The first three papers deal with subject extraction, the que/qui alternation, and relative clause formation. Luigi Rizzi presents arguments that subjects are "criterial" and that subject extraction is highly restricted. Hilda Koopman and Dominique Sportiche concur, suggesting that what appears to besubject extraction in French has been misanalyzed, and involves a relative structure. Adriana Belletti shows that children avoid using object relatives, preferring subject relatives, even when it requires passivization.The fourth paper, by Ian Roberts, analyzes the loss of pro-drop in the history of French and Brazilian Portuguese. The papers by M. Rita Manzini and Richard S. Kayne both present novel analyses of complementizers, suggesting that they are essentially nominal, rather than verbal.The final three papers address the relationship of morphology to syntax. The first two argue for a syntactic approach to word formation, Guglielmo Cinque's in a typological context and Anders Holmberg's within an analysis of Finnish focus constructions. The final paper, by Edwin Williams, presentsan argument for the limitations of the syntactic approach to word formation.

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This volume consists of nine original chapters on central issues in theoretical syntax, all written by distinguished authors who have made major contributions to generative syntax, plus an introductory chapter by the editor. Dedicated to Tarald Taraldsen, the collection reflects the diverseenergies that have pushed the cartographic pro...

Peter Svenonius is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tromso -The Arctic University of Norway, and is the Director of CASTL, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics. He has published on a range of subjects in theoretical linguistics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Peter Svenonius: Introduction2. Guglielmo Cinque: Again on Tense, Aspect, Mood Morpheme Order and the "Mirror Principle"3. Anders Holmberg: The Syntax of the Finnish Question Particle4. Edwin Williams: Derivational Prefixes are Projective, not Realizational5. M. Rita Manzini: The Romance k- complementizers6. Richard S. Kayne: "Why Isn't This a Complementizer?"7. Ian Roberts: Taraldsen's Generalisation and Language Change: Two Ways to Lose Null Subjects8. Adriana Belletti: Notes on Passive Object Relatives9. Luigi Rizzi: Some Consequences of Criterial Freezing: Asymmetries, Anti-adjacency and Extraction from Cleft Sentences10. Hilda Koopman and Dominique Sportiche: The que/qui Alternation: New Analytical Directions