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LINGUIST List 22.4565

Tue Nov 15 2011

Diss: Syntax/Typology: Wu: 'La Relativisation Prénominale...'

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        1.     Tong WU , La Relativisation Prénominale/Prenominal Relativisation

Message 1: La Relativisation Prénominale/Prenominal Relativisation
Date: 11-Nov-2011
From: Tong WU <ilovesyntaxhotmail.com>
Subject: La Relativisation Prénominale/Prenominal Relativisation
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Institution: Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III
Program: Sciences of language
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2011

Author: Tong Wu

Dissertation Title: La Relativisation Prénominale/Prenominal Relativisation

Dissertation URL: http://www.ilovesyntax.com/resources/La%20relativisation%20prEnominale.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Dissertation Director:
Guglielmo Cinque
Georges Rebuschi

Dissertation Abstract:

This study concerns the prenominal relative clause in the framework of
typology and of the Minimalist model of Generative Grammar. The first
chapter defines the relative clause and establishes three typologies on
relative clauses. The second chapter specifies what are 'prenominal
relative clause' and 'primary prenominal relative clause languages'. These
languages are presented according to their geographic distribution and
linguistic affiliation, but the geographic and genetic factors cannot
analyze properly the prenominal relative clause, because it can be better
analyzed according to its typological properties. The third chapter exposes
in detail the generative analyses on relative clauses, i.e. Head External
Analysis, Head Raising Analysis and Matching Analysis, and discusses how
they can be integrated into the Minimalist Program. The fourth chapter
analyzes the prenominal relative clause in the Minimalist framework
according to Kayne (1994). It is shown how the following elements in the DP
of the prenominal relative clause can be correctly linearized, i.e.
definite article, demonstrative, relative clause, relativizer and head
noun. The basic structure is [DP DemP [D° [CP NP [C° [IP tNP]]]]]. It can
derive the 16 linear orders found in prenominal relative clause languages.
The reconstruction effect is analyzed according to Bianchi (2004), the
case/Case conflict and the gaps according to Pesetsky (2009a & 2009b) and
the resumptive pronoun according to Boeckx (2003). In the last section,
another analysis, i.e. Cinque (2003/8), is applied to the prenominal
relative clauses. The fifth chapter talks about non-intrinsic typological
properties of the prenominal relative clause.

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