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Wed Mar 21 2001

Books: Syntax

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Syntax: Dynamic Antisymmetry by Andrea Moro

Message 1: Syntax: Dynamic Antisymmetry by Andrea Moro

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 17:20:27 -0500
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Syntax: Dynamic Antisymmetry by Andrea Moro

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Dynamic Antisymmetry

Andrea Moro

The central idea of Dynamic Antisymmetry is that movement and phrase
structure are not independent properties of grammar; more
specifically, that movement is triggered by the geometry of phrase
structure. Assuming a minimalist framework, movement is traced back
to the necessity for natural language to organize words in linear
order at the interface with the perceptual-articulatory module.

Andrea Moro uses this innovative perspective to analyze several
empirical domains, focusing on small clauses, split wh-movement, and
clitic constructions. In a final speculative chapter, he examines the
general consequences for the design of grammar implied by Dynamic

The book is self-contained, with a synopsis of current theories of
movement and a synthetic presentation of the theory of
antisymmetry. An appendix presents the essentials of a unified theory
of copular sentences, which plays a central role in the argument and
has several important consequences for syntax, for example, for
expletives and locality.

Andrea Moro is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bologna
and at the University San Raffaele in Milan.

6 x 9, 148 pp., paper ISBN 0-262-63201-2, cloth ISBN 0-262-13375-X

Linguistic Inquiry Monographs #38

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