Merging Features: Computation, Interpretation, and Acquisition

Hardcover | January 29, 2009

EditorJose M. Brucart, Anna Gavarro, Jaume Sola

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This book presents new work on how Merge and formal features, two basic factors in the Minimalist Program, should determine the syntactic computation of natural language. Merge combines simpler objects into more complex ones. Formal features establish dependencies within objects. In this bookleading scholars examine the intricate ways in which these two factors interact to generate well-formed derivations in natural language. It is divided into two parts concerned with formal features and interpretable features - a subset of formal features. The authors combine grammatical theory withthe analysis of data drawn from a wide range of languages, both in the adult grammar and in first language acquisition. The mechanisms at work in linguistic computation are considered in relation to a variety of linguistic phenomena, including A-binding, A'-dependencies and reconstruction,agreement, word order, adjuncts, pronouns and complementizers.

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This book presents new work on how Merge and formal features, two basic factors in the Minimalist Program, should determine the syntactic computation of natural language. Merge combines simpler objects into more complex ones. Formal features establish dependencies within objects. In this bookleading scholars examine the intricate ways ...

Jose M. Brucart is Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and has published extensively on the Spanish grammar. He is author of La sintaxis (with M.L. Hernanz) and La elipsis. Aspectos de la elision sintactica en espanol and has also contributed to the main reference grammars of Spanish and Catalan. ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:January 29, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Merge and features: a minimalist introductionPart I: Formal Features2. Fredrik Heinat: Probing Phrases, Pronouns, and Binding3. Patricia Schneider-Zioga: Wh-agreement and Bounded Unbounded Movement4. Klaus Abels and Ad Neeleman: Universal 20 Without the LCA5. Carson Schutze: What it Means (not) to Know (number) Agreement6. Jill de Villiers and Sandile Gxilishe: Number Agreement in English and Xhosa7. Karen Miller and Cristina Schmitt: Variable vs. Consistent Input: Comparehension of Plural Morphology and Verbal Agreement in Children8. Fabrizio Arosio, Flavia Adani, and M. Teresa Guasti: Processing Grammatical Features by Italian ChildrenPart II: Interpretable Features9. Nicolas Guilliot and Nouman Malkawi: When Movement Fails to Reconstruct10. Franc Marusic: If Non-simultaneous Spell-out Exists, This is What it can Explain11. Joseph Edmonds: What Adjuncts Tell us About Case, Agreement, and Syntax in General12. Gyorgy Rakosi: The Diversity of Dative Experiencers13. Aniko Csirmaz: Homogeneity and Flexibility in Temporal Modification14. heather Lee Taylor: The Syntactically Well-behaved Comparative Correlative15. Richard Kayne: Some Silent First Person Plurals16. Thomas Leu: From Greek to Germanic: Poly-(*in)-definiteness and Weak/Strong Adjectival Inflection17. Alan Munn, Xiaofei Zhang, and Cristina Schmitt: Acquisition of Plurality in a Language Without Plurality