Minimalist Interfaces

Evidence from Indonesian and Javanese

Yosuke Sato | National University of Singapore
ISBN 9789027255389 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027288295 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This monograph explores the interface between syntax and its related components through in-depth investigation of a sizable portion of the grammar of Indonesian and Javanese. It can be read on two levels. Theoretically, it proposes the minimalist interface thesis that syntax-external linguistic interfaces are endowed with domain-specific operations (insertion, deletion, and type shifting) to legitimize an otherwise non-convergent result of the syntactic derivation for phonological and semantic interpretation. Empirically, the monograph substantiates this thesis from detailed analyses of four phenomena (reduplication, active voice morphology, P-stranding under sluicing, and nominal denotation). The study not only contains a wealth of new insights into comparative syntax from the perspective of Indonesian and Javanese, but also necessitates serious reconsideration of the common view of the interfaces as merely ornamental components of natural language grammar. The monograph should appeal to syntacticians, linguists interested in linguistic interfaces and the organization of grammar, and researchers on Austronesian languages.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 155] 2010.  xiii, 159 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Empirically rich, analytically sophisticated, and theoretically necessary. A major step forward in minimalist theorizing.”
“Sato’s book presents highly articulated theoretical arguments based on the evidence from two Austronesian languages, Indonesian and Javanese. The author discusses well-studied topics as well as newly discovered data, and offers minimalist analyses. The scope of the analyses ranges over syntax, semantics, morphology and phonology as well as their interfaces, and has far-reaching implications for minimalist theorizing. This is a nice example of analyses of relatively less studied languages contributing to the development of linguistic theory.”
“In this insightful volume, Yosuke Sato applies and extends modern syntactic and semantic theory to a range of intriguing phenomena in Indonesian and Javanese, significantly advancing our understanding of both the human language faculty and the structure of these languages. Each individual chapter systematically provides an in-depth discussion of the relevant literature, a solid grasp of the relevant properties of the grammatical system, and a substantive analysis of the phenomena. The whole is united by a compelling overarching vision of the syntactic system, and how the analyses proposed fit into it.”
“This work is a solid contribution to ongoing discussions of interfaces between syntax and other linguistic systems. The author does not claim to know all the answers, but his intricate analyses of different syntactic, morphological and semantic problems found in Indonesian, Javanese and other languages can ignite fruitful discussions among the scholars working in minimalist syntax, for whom this book will be especially interesting and useful.”
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Alshaalan, Yara & Klaus Abels
2020. Resumption as a sluicing source in Saudi Arabic: Evidence from sluicing with prepositional phrases. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 5:1 DOI logo
Sato, Yosuke
2011. On the Movement Theory of Obligatory Control: Voices from Standard Indonesian. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 56:2  pp. 267 ff. DOI logo
Sato, Yosuke
2011. P-stranding under sluicing and repair by ellipsis: why is Indonesian (not) special?. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 20:4  pp. 339 ff. DOI logo
Sato, Yosuke
2013. Fragments, ellipsis, and PF-repair: New evidence from Indonesian. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 58:3  pp. 497 ff. DOI logo
2014. Argument ellipsis in Colloquial Singapore English and the Anti-Agreement Hypothesis. Journal of Linguistics 50:2  pp. 365 ff. DOI logo
Sato, Yosuke
2015. Argument Ellipsis in Javanese and Voice Agreement. Studia Linguistica 69:1  pp. 58 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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