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Books: Syntax: Keenan, Stabler

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Message 1: Bare Grammar: Keenan, Stabler

Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 20:51:25 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Bare Grammar: Keenan, Stabler

Title: Bare Grammar
Subtitle: Lectures on Linguistic Invariants
Series Title: Stanford Monographs in Linguistics

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	CSLI Publications

Author: Edward L. Keenan, University of California, Los Angeles
Author: Edward P. Stabler, University of California, Los Angeles

Paperback: ISBN: 1575861887, Pages: 197, Price: U.S. $ 25.00


This work studies invariants of generative grammars, independently of
the specific format in which a grammar is specified, drawing on
general algebraic notions of structure and symmetry. Structural
notions in generative grammar such as dominance and c-command are
provably invariant in all grammars, and specific morphemes, such as
case markers and voice markers, are invariant in exactly the same
sense in languages which have them, so structural properties of
languages are not restricted to those that are coded into tree
structures or hierarchical feature structures of any kind. This work
also illustrates how relations such as the anaphor-antecedent relation
can be invariant in all grammars even if realized differently in
different languages. Grammars with anaphora constrained by nominal
case marking and others with anaphora constrained by voice marking are
elaborated. Thus the existence of universal invariants does not assume
that grammars of different languages are isomorphic. This work further
supports a strong form of compositionality and hypothesizes that
syntactically invariant morphemes denote semantically invariant
objects, revealing that the relation between form and meaning is not
entirely arbitrary.

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