Phase Theory

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This book provides a detailed and up to date review of the framework of phases (Chomsky 2000 and subsequent work). It explores the interaction between the narrow syntactic computation and the external systems from a minimalist perspective. As has sometimes been noted, Phase Theory is the current way to study the cyclic nature of the system, and 'phases' are therefore the natural locality hallmark, being directly relevant for phenomena such as binding, agreement, movement, islands, reconstruction, or stress assignment. This work discusses the different approaches to phases that have been proposed in the recent literature, arguing in favor of the thesis that the points of cyclic transfer are to be related to uninterpretable morphology (the Φ-features on the heads C and v*). This take on phases is adopted in order to investigate raising structures, binding, subjunctive dependents, and object shift (word order) in Romance languages, as well as the nature of islands.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 152]  2010.  xii, 365 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
ix–x
Introduction
xi–xii
The framework: Operations and cyclic architecture
1–50
Phase Theory and Phase Sliding
51–142
Microvariation in null subject languages
143–252
Phases and islands
253–334
Beyond phases
335–340
References
341–360
Language index
361–362
Subject index
363–366
“Phase Theory makes a valuable contribution to the theoretical literature, and Mininalis syntacticians of all levels of expertise will benefit from reading it.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009051899