The Emergence of Order in Syntax

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The syntactic component of the faculty of language is argued to be a rewiring of a few independently motivated components: features, the conjunction of a successive operation of union-formation (‘Merge’) and of derivational records (‘nests’), and principles of analysis. Since nests linearize terminals (Kuratowski 1921), Kayne’s (1994) LCA becomes dispensable. The study of how features are ordered in discontinuous, analytic and syncretic patterns, governed by the Full Interpretation Condition and the Maximize Matching Effects Principle, provides a simple account for several syntactic phenomena, like the C-Infl connection, certain cartographic observations due to Cinque (1999), the A’-status of preverbal subjects in Null Subject Languages (Solà 1992), the alleviation of wh-island effects in English when the embedded wh-phrase is a subject (Chomsky 1986) and the dynamic V2 patterns in double agreement dialects observed by Zwart (1993). The possibility that Comp-trace effects derive from the contraction of the C-Infl discontinuity is explored and subject islands and wh-islands are derived from the Relativized Opacity Principle, an alternative to Chomsky’s PIC.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 119]  2008.  viii, 211 pp.
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Table of Contents
Prologue
1–8
Part I. Elements of syntax
9
Chapter 1: Elements of syntax
11–27
Part II. Patterns
29
Chapter 2. The relationship between complementizers and inflectional heads
31–55
Chapter 3. Discontinuous syntactic patterns
57–93
Chapter 4. Analytic syntactic patterns
95–114
Chapter 5. Syncretic syntactic patterns
115–185
Part III. Conclusion
187
Chapter 6. On the emergence of order in syntax
189–193
References
195–207
Subject index
208–210
Language index
211
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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