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Tue Sep 29 2009

Books: Syntax/Ling Theories: Berjaoui

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, The Empty Category Principle in English and Standard Arabic: Berjaoui

Message 1: The Empty Category Principle in English and Standard Arabic: Berjaoui
Date: 29-Sep-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: The Empty Category Principle in English and Standard Arabic: Berjaoui
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Title: The Empty Category Principle in English and Standard Arabic
Subtitle: The Empty Category Principle in English and Standard Arabic
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 73
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Nasser Berjaoui
Paperback: ISBN: 9783929075762 Pages: 123 Price: Europe EURO 52.00

The aim of this book is to study the Empty Category Principle (henceforth,
the ECP) in English (E) and Standard Arabic (SA) within the Government and
Binding framework (GB) as outlined in Chomsky (1981) and (1986). The
motivation for the choice of this topic is that the application of the ECP
in English, a Non-Null-Subject language, and SA, a Null-Subject language,
has not received much attention, to my knowledge. Various structures have
been studied in the literature (Rizzi (1982), Kayne (1984) and Picallo
(1984), among others).

In this work, focus will be on the five constructions that have been used
in comparative studies of this type (Cf. Chomsky (1981), Rizzi (1980),
(1982) and Safir (1985), among others): Missing Subjects in Simple
Sentences, Free Inversion of Subjects in Finite Sentences, That-Trace
Effect, Long Wh-Movement of the Subjects from Wh-Islands, and Null
Resumptive Pronouns in Embedded Structures. This book consists of five
chapters. Chapter one presents a brief summary of the GB framework. Chapter
two deals with basic traits of English and SA syntax. Chapter three aims at
presenting the account of the ECP of Free Inversion and Missing Subjects in
E ad SA. Chapter four discusses the That-Trace Effect in the two languages.
Chapter five aims at a discussion of the ECP account of the long
Wh-Movement of the Subjects from Wh-Islands and the Null Resumptive
Pronouns in E and SA.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard (arb)
                            English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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