Beyond Principles and Parameters: Essays in Memory of Osvaldo Jaeggli / Edition 1

Beyond Principles and Parameters: Essays in Memory of Osvaldo Jaeggli / Edition 1

by Kyle Johnson, I.G. Roberts
     
 

ISBN-10: 0792354982

ISBN-13: 9780792354987

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

Kyle Johnson University of Massachusetts at Amherst Ian Roberts University of Stuttgart An important chapter in the history of syntactic theory opened as the 70's reached their close. The revolution that Chomsky had brought to linguistics had to this point engendered theories which remained within the grip of the philologists' construction-based vision. Their image of

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Kyle Johnson University of Massachusetts at Amherst Ian Roberts University of Stuttgart An important chapter in the history of syntactic theory opened as the 70's reached their close. The revolution that Chomsky had brought to linguistics had to this point engendered theories which remained within the grip of the philologists' construction-based vision. Their image of language as a catalogue of independent constructions served as the backdrop against which much of transformational grammar's detailed exploration evolved. In a sense, the highly successful pursuit of th phonology and morphology in the 19 century as compared to the absence of similar results in syntax (beyond observations such as Wackemagel's Law, etc. ) attests to this: just noting that, for example, French relative clauses allow subject-postposing but not preposition-stranding while English relatives do not allow the former but do allow the latter does not take us far beyond a simple record of the facts. Prior to this point, th syntactic theory had not progressed beyond the 19 century situation. But as the 80's approached, this image began to give way to a different one: grammar as a puzzle of interlocking "modules," each made up of syntactic principles which cross-cut the philologist's constructions. More and more, "constructions" decomposed into the epiphenomenal interplay of encapsulated mini-theories: X Theory, Binding Theory, Bounding Theory, Case Theory, Theta Theory, and so on. Syntactic analyses became reoriented toward the twin goals of identifying the content of these modules and deconstructing into them the descriptive results of early transformational grammar.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792354987
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Series, #45
Edition description:
1999
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.36(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; K. Johnson, I. Roberts. 2. Clitic-Doubled Arguments; J. Aoun. 3. Deconstructing the Construct; H. Borer. 4. The Internal and External Distribution of Pronominal DPs; H. Koopman. 5. Spanisah Passsivized Datives: The Relevance of Misanalysis; M. Montalbetti. 6. The Selection Properties of Aspectual Verbs; A. Rochette. 7. Subject Predication within IP and DP; M. Saito, K. Murasugi. 8. Subject Clitics in French and Romance Complex Inversion and Clitic Doubling; D. Sportiche. 9. Word Order in Spanish and the Nature of Nominative Case; M.I. Zubizarreta. Index.

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