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The Syntax of Noun Phrases: Configuration, Parameters and Empty Categories
     

The Syntax of Noun Phrases: Configuration, Parameters and Empty Categories

by Giuseppe Longobardi, Alessandra Giorgi
 

ISBN-10: 0521379024

ISBN-13: 9780521379021

Pub. Date: 03/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Alessandra Giorgi and Giuseppe Longobardi's important study of the argument structure of lexical projections, in particular of noun phrases, makes substantial advances in this relatively neglected area. Working within a Government and Binding framework, the authors present strong new arguments in favor of the existence of empty categories, and evidence for the

Overview

Alessandra Giorgi and Giuseppe Longobardi's important study of the argument structure of lexical projections, in particular of noun phrases, makes substantial advances in this relatively neglected area. Working within a Government and Binding framework, the authors present strong new arguments in favor of the existence of empty categories, and evidence for the correct understanding of word order parameters and of Chomsky's Projection Principle. In particular, they elaborate and discuss a number of tests intended to define under which lexical and syntactic conditions an empty prenominal subject may or must occur in a noun phrase. The levels of structural attachment of the arguments of a head noun are carefully established by supporting assumptions made in this domain with independent evidence. As well as its theoretical advances, this book provides a descriptive analysis of nominal structure in Romance languages, compares it with corresponding structure in Germanic languages, and offers an introduction to Italian phrase structure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521379021
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Series , #57
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. On NPs - marking and c-command; 2. Extraction form NP and the proper notion of Head government; 3. NP parametrization: the Head-Subject hypothesis; 4. Null pronominals within NPs and the syntax of DPs References; Index.

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