The Limits of Syntactic Variation

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Against the background of the past half century’s typological and generative work on comparative syntax, this volume brings together 16 papers considering what we have learned and may still be able to learn about the nature and extent of syntactic variation. More specifically, it offers a multi-perspective critique of the Principles and Parameters approach to syntactic variation, evaluating the merits and shortcomings of the pre-Minimalist phase of this enterprise and considering and illustrating the possibilities opened up by recent empirical and theoretical advances. Contributions focus on four central topics: firstly, the question of the locus of variation, whether the attested variation may plausibly be understood in parametric terms and, if so, what form such parameters might take; secondly, the fate of one of the most prominent early parameters, the Null Subject Parameter; thirdly, the matter of parametric clusters more generally; and finally, acquisition issues.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 132]  2008.  vii, 521 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
7–72
I. The locus of (parametric) variation
Parametric versus functional explanations of syntactic universals
Martin Haspelmath
75–107
Three fundamental issues in parametric linguistics
Chiara Gianollo, Cristina Guardiano and Giuseppe Longobardi
109–142
On the syntactic flexibility of formal features
Hedde Zeijlstra
143–173
Expletives, datives, and the tension between morphology and syntax
Richard S. Kayne
175–217
Mapping a parochial lexicon onto a universal semantics
Gillian Ramchand and Peter Svenonius
219–245
Aspect matters in the middle
Marika Lekakou
247–294
II. A classic parameter revisited: the null-subject parameter
The null subject parameter and correlating properties: The case of Creole languages
Marco Nicolis
271–294
The Case-F valuation parameter in Romance
Gerardo Fernández-Salgueiro
295–310
Silent arguments without pro: The case of Basque
Maia Duguine
311–329
Case morphology and radical pro-drop
Ad Neeleman and Kriszta Szendröi
331–348
III. Parametric clustering
The macroparameter in a microparametric world
Mark C. Baker
351–373
Topic prominence and null subjects
Marcello Modesto
375–409
Non-configurationality: Free word order and argument drop in Turkish
Balkız Öztürk
411–440
Diachronic stability and feature interpretability
E. Phoevos Panagiotidis
441–456
III. The acquisition of parameters
Can children tell us anything we did not know about parameter clustering?
Larisa Avram and Martine Coene
459–482
Parameter setting and input reduction
Arnold Ernest Evers and Jacqueline van Kampen
483–515
Index
517–521
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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