Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byGert Webelhuth

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This work represents the first full-scale attempt to provide a restrictive theory of parameters--the nature and limits of syntactic variation. Focusing on syntactic saturation, Webelhuth hypothesizes that in natural language these phenomena are subject to the "Saturation Condition." Heexplains the principles behind this condition and demonstrates how it imposes strong constraints on what counts as a possible parameter in natural language. Webelhuth goes on to test this theory against empirical evidence from seven modern Germanic languages: German, Dutch, English, Swedish,Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic.

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This work represents the first full-scale attempt to provide a restrictive theory of parameters--the nature and limits of syntactic variation. Focusing on syntactic saturation, Webelhuth hypothesizes that in natural language these phenomena are subject to the "Saturation Condition." Heexplains the principles behind this condition and d...

Gert Webelhuth is at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070410

ISBN - 13:9780195070415

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"This study is a very important contribution both to German (and Germanic) syntax and to linguistic theory."--Jindrich Toman, University of Michigan