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LINGUIST List 17.3570

Sat Dec 02 2006

Books: Syntax: Pires

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Minimalist Syntax of Defective Domains: Pires


Message 1: The Minimalist Syntax of Defective Domains: Pires
Date: 30-Nov-2006
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Minimalist Syntax of Defective Domains: Pires


Title: The Minimalist Syntax of Defective Domains
Subtitle: Gerunds and infinitives
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 98
Published: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2098

Author: Acrisio Pires
Hardback: ISBN: 9027233624 Pages: 188 Price: U.S. $ 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027233624 Pages: 188 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Abstract:

This book unifies the analysis of certain non-finite domains, focusing on
subject licensing, agreement, Case and control. It proposes a minimalist
analysis of English gerunds which allows only a null subject PRO
(TP-defective gerunds), a lexical subject (gerunds as complements of
perception verbs), or both types of subjects (clausal gerunds). It then
analyzes Portuguese infinitives, showing that the morphosyntactic
properties of non-inflected and inflected infinitives correlate with
distinct treatments of obligatory and non-obligatory control. It explores
these and other phenomena to show that tense and event binding do not
correlate with the contrast between control and raising/exceptional case
marking (ECM), against null Case theories of control. A Probe-Goal approach
to Case and agreement is adopted in combination with a movement analysis of
control. The book then investigates diachronic morphosyntactic phenomena
involving infinitives, verb movement and cliticization in Portuguese,
exploring a cue-based theory of syntactic change grounded in language
acquisition.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments xi-xii
Abbreviations and symbols xiii-xiv
Introduction 1-14
1. The minimalist syntax of clausal gerunds 15-69
2. Clausal versus TP-defective gerunds: Control without tense 70-90
3. Agreement, case, control and movement in infinitives 91-124
4. Syntactic change: The development of inflected and non-inflected
infinitives 125-165
Conclusion 166-167
References 168-179
Index 181-188


"Pires offers an insightful analysis of an old problem area, gerunds, which
uses the central concepts of the Minimalist Program in productive fashion.
In so doing, it yields understanding of gerunds and of the Minimalist
Program. Another striking feature of the book is that it unifies syntactic
analysis with questions of acquisition and of the triggering experience for
the proposed analysis in young children. ALL syntactic analysis should
discuss acquisitional triggers these days, but this is a rare book in doing
it so well." David W. Lightfoot, National Science Foundation

"Acrisio Pires's new study is an important contribution to our
understanding of deficient clausal domains as manifested in gerunds and
(inflected) infinitives, with many original insights into the structural
analysis and historical development of this elusive syntactic category."
Jan-Wouter Zwart, University of Groningen

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Portuguese (por)

Written In: English (eng )

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