Article published in:The Limits of Syntactic Variation
Edited by Theresa Biberauer
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 132] 2008
► pp. 441–456
Diachronic stability and feature interpretability
This contribution examines diachronic change in the Greek nominal phrase.It proposes an analysis to capture the diachronic stability of certain syntacticstructures in the nominal domain, suggesting that points of stability reflectmacroparametric rather than microparametric choices, which are morevulnerable to change and loss. Macroparametric choices are assumed to involvechoices pertaining to the presence versus absence in a grammar of functionalcategories, while microparametric choices relate to the presence versus absenceof uninterpretable features on otherwise identical functional categories. Thedifference in diachronic stability is linked to the generally “defective” status ofuninterpretable features in the human language faculty.
Published online: 17 September 2008
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