The Limits of Syntactic Variation

| University of Cambridge and Stellenbosch University
ISBN 9789027255150 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
ISBN 9789027290663 | EUR 115.00 | USD 173.00
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.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
I. The locus of (parametric) variation
Parametric versus functional explanations of syntactic universals
Martin Haspelmath
Three fundamental issues in parametric linguistics
Chiara Gianollo, Cristina Guardiano and Giuseppe Longobardi
On the syntactic flexibility of formal features
Hedde Zeijlstra
Expletives, datives, and the tension between morphology and syntax
Richard S. Kayne
Mapping a parochial lexicon onto a universal semantics
Gillian Ramchand and Peter Svenonius
Aspect matters in the middle
Marika Lekakou
II. A classic parameter revisited: the null-subject parameter
The null subject parameter and correlating properties: The case of Creole languages
Marco Nicolis
The Case-F valuation parameter in Romance
Gerardo Fernández-Salgueiro
Silent arguments without pro: The case of Basque
Maia Duguine
Case morphology and radical pro-drop
Ad Neeleman and Kriszta Szendröi
III. Parametric clustering
The macroparameter in a microparametric world
Mark C. Baker
Topic prominence and null subjects
Marcello Modesto
Non-configurationality: Free word order and argument drop in Turkish
Balkız Öztürk
Diachronic stability and feature interpretability
E. Phoevos Panagiotidis
III. The acquisition of parameters
Can children tell us anything we did not know about parameter clustering?
Larisa Avram and Martine Coene
Parameter setting and input reduction
Arnold Ernest Evers and Jacqueline van Kampen
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