LINGUIST List 15.142

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  1. Jasper.deVaal, Non-Projecting Words: Toivonen

Message 1: Non-Projecting Words: Toivonen

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 18:19:29 -0500 (EST)
From: Jasper.deVaal <>
Subject: Non-Projecting Words: Toivonen

Title: Non-Projecting Words
Subtitle: A Case Study of Swedish Particles
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 58
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: 	Kluwer Academic Publishers		 
Book URL: 

Author: Ida Toivonen, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Canterbury,
	Christchurch, New Zealand

Hardback: ISBN: 1402015313, Pages: 256, Price: EUR 97.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402015313, Pages: 256, Price: USD 107.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1402015313, Pages: 256, Price: GBP 67.00

Paperback: ISBN: 1402015321, Pages: 256, Price: EUR 47.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1402015321, Pages: 256, Price: USD 52.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1402015321, Pages: 256, Price: GBP 32.00


Focusing primarily on Swedish, a Germanic language whose particles
have not previously been studied extensively, Non-Projecting Words: A
Case Study on Swedish Particles develops a theory of non-projecting
words in which particles are morphologically independent words that do
not project phrases.

Particles have long constituted a puzzle for Germanic syntax, as they
exhibit properties of both morphological and syntactic
constructs. Although non-projecting words have appeared in the
literature before, it has gone largely unnoticed that such structures
violate the basic tenets of X-bar theory. This work identifies these
violations and develops a formally explicit revision of X-bar theory
that can accommodate the requisite "weak" projections.

The resulting theory, stated in terms of Lexical-Functional Grammar,
also yields a novel classification of clitics, and it sheds new light
on a range of recent theoretical proposals, including economy,
multi-word constructions, and the primitives of lexical semantics. At
an abstract level, we see that the modular, parallel-projection
architecture of LFG is essential to the description of a variety of
otherwise recalcitrant facts about non-projecting words.

Lingfield(s):	Syntax 			 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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