Morphology-Driven Syntax

A theory of V to I raising and pro-drop

| Northwestern University
ISBN 9789027227362 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781556192340 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027299291 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
This book argues that syntactic parameters are set in a principled fashion on the basis of overt functional morphology. The main focus of the book is on the different positions of the finite verb in the Germanic SVO languages. In addition, other syntactic phenomena (null subjects, transitive expletive constructions and object shift) and other language families (Romance, Semitic and Slavic) are discussed. A common explanation for all of the discussed phenomena is proposed: If and only if the features for “person” are distinctively marked by the agreement morphology, the agreement affixes are listed separately in the lexicon and project phrases of their own in syntax where they attract the verb to the head positions and allow the specifier positions to be filled by various phonologically (un)realized elements. Special attention is given to issues of historical development and child language acquisition.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 15]  1999.  viii, 296 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Verb Movement in the Germanic Languages
III. Agreement Morphology in the Syntax and the Lexicon
IV. Diachronic Germanic Syntax and the Full Paradigm
V. Beyond Verb Movement in the Gemranic VO Languages
VI. Conclusions
Subject Index
“This book addresses the syntactic problem of why the verb must move to Infl in some languages whereas it must stay in situ in others. Bernard Rohrbacher presents a solution to this problem after considering an impressive amount of data from a variety of Germanic languages (English, German, Mainland Scandinavian, Faroese, Icelandic, Yiddish) and even more interestingly, extends his predictions to Romance languages (Italian, French, European and Brazilian Portuguese).

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