Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework

Hardcover | August 8, 2014

EditorM. Carme Picallo

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In this book, leading scholars consider the ways in which syntactic variation can be accounted for in a minimalist framework. They explore the theoretical significance, content, and role of parameters; whether or not variation should be strongly or weakly accounted for by syntactic factors;and the explicitness - or lack thereof - should be assumed with respect to the conditions imposed by narrow syntax. The book is divided into two parts. The first part contains chapters that consider the term "parameter" to be a relevant theoretical notion under minimalist tenets. In the second part, on the other hand, chapters either argue that the term parameter amounts to no more than a label to describevariation, or assign it a less prominent role. Instead, language variation is attributed to sociolinguistic factors, language contact, frequency of use, or simply to options in the externalization of abstract syntactic relations. The book offers a valuable overview of the different approaches adopted in the study of language variation phenomena, and will appeal to theoretical linguists of all persuasions from graduate level upwards.

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In this book, leading scholars consider the ways in which syntactic variation can be accounted for in a minimalist framework. They explore the theoretical significance, content, and role of parameters; whether or not variation should be strongly or weakly accounted for by syntactic factors;and the explicitness - or lack thereof - shoul...

M. Carme Picallo is Professor at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and member of the Centre de Linguistica Teorica. Her research interests focus on syntactic theory and syntactic variation. Her publications include papers in Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Journal of Linguistics, and Probus. She is the c...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:August 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. M. Carme Picallo: Introduction: Syntactic variation and minimalist inquiriesPart I: The Parametric Approach: The PP Revisited View2. Luigi Rizzi: On the elements of syntactic variation3. Mark Baker: Types of cross-linguistic variation in case assignment4. Anders Holmberg and Ian Roberts: Parameters and the three factors of language design5. Anna Cardinaletti: Cross-linguistic variation in the syntax of subjects6. Ricardo Etxepare: Contact and change in a Minimalist theory of variation7. Michal Starke: Towards elegant parameters: Language variation reduces to the size of lexicaly-stored treesPart II: Variation Without Parameters8. Cedric Boeckx: What Principles and Parameters got wrong9. David Adger: Variability and grammatical architecture10. Sjef Barbiers: Syntactic doubling and deletion as a source of variation11. M. Carme Picallo: Some concluding remarks