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LINGUIST List 19.602

Thu Feb 21 2008

Books: Syntax/Linguistic Theories: Fortuny

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, The Emergence of Order in Syntax: Fortuny


Message 1: The Emergence of Order in Syntax: Fortuny
Date: 20-Feb-2008
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Emergence of Order in Syntax: Fortuny
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Title: The Emergence of Order in Syntax
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 119
Published: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20119

Author: Jordi Fortuny
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255020 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255020 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 142.00
Abstract:

The syntactic component of the faculty of language is argued to be a
rewiring of a few independently motivated components: features, the
conjunction of a successive operation of union-formation (Merge) and of
derivational records (nests), and principles of analysis. Since nests
linearize terminals (Kuratowski 1921), Kaynes (1994) LCA becomes
dispensable. The study of how features are ordered in discontinuous,
analytic and syncretic patterns, governed by the Full Interpretation
Condition and the Maximize Matching Effects Principle, provides a simple
account for several syntactic phenomena, like the C-Infl connection,
certain cartographic observations due to Cinque (1999), the A-status of
preverbal subjects in Null Subject Languages (Sol 1992), the alleviation of
wh-island effects in English when the embedded wh-phrase is a
subject (Chomsky 1986) and the dynamic V2 patterns in double agreement
dialects observed by Zwart (1993). The possibility that Comp-trace effects
derive from the contraction of the C-Infl discontinuity is explored and
subject islands and wh-islands are derived from the Relativized
Opacity Principle, an alternative to Chomskys PIC.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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