Rethinking Parameters by Luis EgurenRethinking Parameters by Luis Eguren

Rethinking Parameters

EditorLuis Eguren, Olga Fernandez-Soriano, Amaya Mendikoetxea

Paperback | February 26, 2016

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Parameters of linguistic variation were originally conceived, within the chomskyan Principles and Parameters Theory, as UG-determined options that were associated with grammatical principles and had a rich deductive structure. This characterization of parametric differences among languages haschanged significantly over the years, especially so with the advent of Minimalism. This book collects a representative sample of current generative research on the status, origin and size of parameters. Often taking diverging views, the papers in the volume address some or all of the main debated topics in parametric syntax: i.e. are parameters provided by UG, or do theyconstitute emergent properties arising from points of underspecification?; in which component(s) of the language faculty are parameters to be found?; do clustering effects actually hold across languages?; do macroparameters exist alongside microparameters?; are there parameter hierarchies?; which isthe origin and role of parameters in the process of language acquisition?The volume is organized into two parts. Part I ("The nature of variation and parameters") brings together studies whose main goal is to discuss general issues related to parameters (or variation more generally). Part II ("Parameters in the analysis of language variation: case studies") includes anumber of works that deal with the empirical basis and proper formulation of well-known particular parameters: the Null Subject Parameter, the NP/DP Parameter, the Compounding Parameter, the Wh-Parameter and the Analyticity Parameter.
Luis Eguren is Full Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Olga Fernandez-Soriano is Full Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. Amaya Mendikoetxea Pelayo is currently a senior lecturer in the department of English Philology at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM).
Title:Rethinking ParametersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:February 26, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Luis Eguren, Olga Fern ndez Soriano and Amaya Mendikoetxea: IntroductionPart I. The nature of variation and parameters1. David Adger: Language variability in syntactic theory2. Cedric Boeckx: Considerations pertaining to the nature of logodiversity3. Adriana Fasanella and Jordi Fortuny: Deriving linguistic variation from learnability conditions: The Chunking Procedure4. Angel J. Gallego: Lexical items and feature bundling: Consequences for micro-parametric approaches to variation5. Ian Roberts: Some remarks on parameter hierarchiesPart II. Parameters in the analysis of language variation: case studies6. Leah S. Bauke: Parametric variation in nominal root compounding7. Youngmi Jeong: Macroparameters break down under the weight of evidence: The "NP/DP" Parameter as a case study8. Eric Mathieu: The wh parameter and radical externalization9. Guido Mensching and Anja Weingart: The Null Subject Parameter and the lexicon in minimalist syntax10. Chris H. Reintges and Sonia Cyrino: Rethinking parameter theory diachronically: A macrocomparative approach to the analyticization of the verbal tense-aspect systems of Brazilian Portuguese and Coptic Egyptian