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LINGUIST List 16.2258

Tue Jul 26 2005

Books: Syntax/Language Acquisition: Hegarty

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, A Feature-Based Syntax of Functional Categories: Hegarty

Message 1: A Feature-Based Syntax of Functional Categories: Hegarty
Date: 26-Jul-2005
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: A Feature-Based Syntax of Functional Categories: Hegarty

Title: A Feature-Based Syntax of Functional Categories
Subtitle: The Structure, Acquisition and Specific Impairment of Functional Systems
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar 79
Published: 2005
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110184133-1&l=E

Author: Michael Hegarty, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA.
Hardback: ISBN: 3110184133 Pages: xiii, 348 Price: Europe EURO 78.00
Hardback: ISBN: 3110184133 Pages: xiii, 348 Price: U.S. $ 109.20 Comment: for orders placed in North America

This book develops ideas of Minimalist syntax to derive functional
categories from the partially-ordered features expressed by functional
elements, thereby dispensing with functional categories as primitives of
the theory. It generalizes attempts to do this in the literature, while
drawing significant empirical consequences from general constraints
formulated to block overgeneration. The resulting theory of the
construction of functional categories is applied to various problems in
syntactic analysis and comparative and historical syntax, including
variation across Germanic languages in patterns of verb-second and in the
occurrence of expletive subjects in existential constructions, verb
positions in Old and Middle English, problems regarding the placement of
clitic pronouns in Romance languages and Modern Greek, and some previously
unexamined structures of reduced clause coordination in colloquial English.
Facts from early stages of the acquisition of syntax are shown to follow
from the mechanisms for the projection of functional features as functional
categories, exercised before all of the features for a language, along with
their ordering and feature co-occurrence restrictions, have been acquired.
It is observed that child acquisition of functional elements exhibits
successive developmental stages, each characterized by the number of
clausal functional elements which can be represented together within a
clause. This, and facts regarding the lag in development of functional
categories by children with specific language impairment, are shown to be
not entirely reducible to limitations in working memory or processing
capacity, but to depend in part on the growth of representational resources
for the projection of functional categories.

Of interest to: Research Libraries, Researchers, Graduate Students, and
Advanced Undergraduate Students in: Linguistics (especially Syntactic
Theory and Language Acquisition), English Language Studies, Germanic
Language Studies, Romance Language Studies, Psychology/Cognitive Science,
Child Development, Communication Disorders

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Greek (GRK)
                            Middle English (ENX)
                            Old English (OEN)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (ENG )

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