Symmetry, Shared Labels and Movement in Syntax

Symmetry, Shared Labels and Movement in Syntax

by Andreas Blumel


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Symmetry, Shared Labels and Movement in Syntax by Andreas Blumel

What is the trigger for displacement phenomena in natural language syntax? And how can constraints on syntactic movement be derived from interface conditions and so-called Third Factor principles?
Within the Minimalist Program a standard answer to the first question is that it is driven by morphosyntactic features. This monograph challenges that view and suggests that the role of features in driving syntactic computation has been overestimated. Instead it proposes that "labeling" -- the detection of a prominent element in sets formed by Merge -- plays a role in driving transformations, and labeling itself is understood to derive from an interplay of efficient computation and the need for a label at the Conceptual-Intentional systems. It explores this idea in four empirical domains: Long-distance dependencies, Criterial Freezing-phenomena, nested dependencies and ATB-movement. The languages considered include English, German and Hebrew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110520125
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 03/20/2017
Series: Studia grammatica Series , #81
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andreas Blümel, University of Göttingen, Germany.

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