Theresa Biberauer

List of John Benjamins publications for which Theresa Biberauer plays a role.


Into adpositions: New formal perspectives on the structure of the PP and its variation

Edited by Víctor Acedo-Matellán, Theresa Biberauer, Jaume Mateu and Anna Pineda

Special issue of Linguistic Variation 21:1 (2021) v, 279 pp.
Subjects Generative linguistics | Typology

The Limits of Syntactic Variation

Edited by Theresa Biberauer

[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 132] 2008. vii, 521 pp.
Subjects Generative linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


Acedo-Matellán, Víctor, Theresa Biberauer, Jaume Mateu and Anna Pineda 2021 Into adpositions: New formal perspectives on the structure of the PP and its variationInto adpositions: New formal perspectives on the structure of the PP and its variation, Acedo-Matellán, Víctor, Theresa Biberauer, Jaume Mateu and Anna Pineda (eds.), pp. 1–10 | Introduction
This chapter investigates an embedded V2 option that features prominently in modern spoken Afrikaans, while being either completely barred or heavily restricted in other V2 languages: embedded wh-V2. This option, which is available in all wh-complements, freely alternates with its prescriptively… read more
Biberauer, Theresa and Ian Roberts 2017 Chapter 4. Conditional inversion and types of parametric changeWord Order Change in Acquisition and Language Contact: Essays in honour of Ans van Kemenade, Los, Bettelou and Pieter de Haan (eds.), pp. 57–77 | Chapter
We document a case of change from a mesoparameter to a microparameter to a nanoparameter involving Conditional Inversion (CI) in English. What has changed since Old English is the range of elements affected by T-to-C movement, and how it relates to other forms of head-movement into the C-field. In… read more
Biberauer, Theresa and Ian Roberts 2016 Parameter typology from a diachronic perspective: The case of Conditional InversionTheoretical Approaches to Linguistic Variation, Bidese, Ermenegildo, Federica Cognola and Manuela Caterina Moroni (eds.), pp. 259–292 | Article
This paper considers the question of the nature of parameters from a diachronic perspective, focusing in particular on the case of Conditional Inversion (CI) in the history of English. The objective is to show that it is meaningful to think of parameters and their synchronic robustness and… read more
Drawing on recent developments in Afrikaans and Brazilian Portuguese, this paper proposes a syntactic constraint, alongside previously identified phonological and pragmatic ones, on progression in Jespersen’s (1917) Cycle/ JC. In particular, it argues that languages which draw on structurally high… read more
Biberauer, Theresa, Michelle Sheehan and Glenda Newton 2010 Impossible changes and impossible borrowings: The Final-over-Final ConstraintContinuity and Change in Grammar, Breitbarth, Anne, Christopher Lucas, Sheila Watts and David Willis (eds.), pp. 35–60 | Article
This chapter examines the predictions of Biberauer, Holmberg & Roberts’s (2007, 2008) Final-over-Final Constraint/FOFC for grammatical change and borrowing. As a putatively invariant syntactic principle, FOFC excludes the synchronic possibility of head-final phrases dominating categorially alike… read more
Biberauer, Theresa 2009 Chapter 5. Jespersen off course? The case of contemporary Afrikaans negationCyclical Change, Gelderen, Elly van (ed.) | Article
Biberauer, Theresa and Ian Roberts 2008 Cascading parameter changes: Internally-driven change in Middle and Early Modern EnglishGrammatical Change and Linguistic Theory: The Rosendal papers, Eythórsson, Thórhallur (ed.), pp. 79–113 | Article
Biberauer, Theresa and Ian Roberts 2006 Loss of residual “head final” orders and remnant fronting in Late Middle English: Causes and consequencesComparative Studies in Germanic Syntax: From Afrikaans to Zurich German, Hartmann, Jutta M. and László Molnárfi (eds.), pp. 263–297 | Article
Biberauer, Theresa and Marc Richards 2006 True optionality: When the grammar doesn’t mindMinimalist Essays, Boeckx, Cedric (ed.), pp. 35–67 | Article
Richards, Marc and Theresa Biberauer 2005 Explaining ExplThe Function of Function Words and Functional Categories, Dikken, Marcel den and Christina Tortora (eds.), pp. 115–153 | Article