LINGUIST List 9.1392

Tue Oct 6 1998

Books: SYNTAX

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  1. Rebecca Wipfler, C.T. James Huang, SYNTAX

Message 1: C.T. James Huang, SYNTAX

Date: 06 Oct 98 12:56:58 -0500
From: Rebecca Wipfler <rebecca_wipflergarland.com>
Subject: C.T. James Huang, SYNTAX

SYNTAX

Huang, C.T. James; Logical Relations in Chinese and the Theory of
Grammar; 0-8153-3136-3, cloth; pages, $89; Garland Publishing;
Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

	This classic study in theoretical and Chinese syntax has
proven influential in recent developments of syntactic theory in areas
as diverse as phrase structure, quantifier scope, anaphora, movement
constraints, the form and meaning of interrogative sentences, and the
nature of Logical Form. Huang gives a detailed analysis of a wide
range of grammatical constructions in Chinese (and English) and shows
that his analyses shed important new light on the theory of Universal
Grammar and linguistic typology, often in ways unavailable from the
study of English and other familiar European languages. Some of the
results of this work are: (a) a parametric theory of quantifier scope;
(b) a relativized notion of a 'governing category' for Chomsky's
(1981) binding theory; (c) a theory of generalized control that
derives the pro drop parameter and related phenomena; (d) a proposed
Condition on Extraction Domains (CED) on overt movement; (e) a
proposal of LF wh-movement for languages without wh-movement; and (f)
a generalizationof the ECP to account for a full range of
adjunct/complement asymmetriesand subject/object asymmetries in
syntactic and LF extraction. The proposed analyses exemplify how an
optimal theory of typology should come about as the 'by-product' of an
optimal theory of UG.

	The author is Professor of Linguistics at the University of
California, Irvine.

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