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Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation

Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation

by Gert Webelhuth
     
 

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This work represents the first full-scale attempt to provide a restrictive theory of parameters—the nature and limits of syntactic variation. Focusing on syntactic saturation, Webelhuth hypothesizes that in natural language these phenomena are subject to the "Saturation Condition." He explains the principles behind this condition and demonstrates how

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This work represents the first full-scale attempt to provide a restrictive theory of parameters—the nature and limits of syntactic variation. Focusing on syntactic saturation, Webelhuth hypothesizes that in natural language these phenomena are subject to the "Saturation Condition." He explains the principles behind this condition and demonstrates how it imposes strong constraints on what counts as a possible parameter in natural language. Webelhuth goes on to test this theory against empirical evidence from seven modern Germanic languages: German, Dutch, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic.

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"This study is a very important contribution both to German (and Germanic) syntax and to linguistic theory."—Jindrich Toman, University of Michigan

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ISBN-13:
9780195070415
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.75(d)

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