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Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 12:22:15 -0500 (EST)
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Objects and Other Subjects
Grammatical Functions, Functional Categories and Configurationality

Edited by:

William D. Davies
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Iowa, USA

Stanley Dubinsky
Linguistics Program, University of South Carolina, USA


Grammatical functions, readily identifiable informally in particular
languages, have had an uncertain status in generative grammar. Despite
Chomsky's assertion in Aspects that they are not theoretical
primitives (a position vigorously challenged by a number of well-known
theories), the role of functions such as subject and object has become
increasingly prominent as Chomskyan linguistics has developed. As
statements of principles and rules of grammar have grown to
incorporate these notions, the position that grammatical functions are
not primitives has come to merit scrutiny. The papers in this volume
examine the current role of grammatical functions in transformational
syntax in two ways: (i) through largely theoretical considerations of
their status, and (ii) through detailed analyses for a wide variety of
languages. Taken together the chapters in this volume present a
comprehensive view of how transformational syntax characterizes the
elusive but often useful notions of subject and object, examining how
subject and object properties are distributed among various functional
projections, converging sometimes in particular languages.

Contents and Contributors

List of Contributors. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Part I: Overview. 1.
Remarks on Grammatical Functions in Transformational Syntax;
W.D. Davies, S. Dubinsky. 2. Phrase Structure as a Representation of
`Primitive' Grammatical Relations; M.C. Baker. 3. Grammatical
Functions, Thematic Roles, and Phrase Structure: Their Underlying
Disunity; F.J. Newmeyer. 4. Is Case Another Name for Grammatical
Function? Evidence from Object Asymmetries; A. Alsina. Part II:
Objects. 5. Subjects, Objects, and the EPP; H. Lasnik. Derived Objects
in Malagasy; L. deMena Travis. Part III: Subjects. 7. The Distribution
of Subject Properties in Irish; J. McCloskey. The EPP in Spanish;
G. Goodall. On Predication and the Status of Subjects in Niuean;
D. Massam. 10. Functional Architecture and the Distribution of Subject
Properties; W.D. Davies, S. Dubinsky. References. Author
Index. Subject Index.

Hardbound, ISBN 1-4020-0064-2
September 2001 , 320 pp.
EUR 130.00 / USD 113.00 / GBP 79.00

Paperback, ISBN 1-4020-0065-0
September 2001 , 320 pp.
EUR 50.00 / USD 44.00 / GBP 49.00

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