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Title: Microparametric Syntax and Dialect Variation
Edited By: James Black
Virginia Motapanyane-Hill
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory

Richard Kayne's introduction to this volume stresses that comparative work on the syntax of very closely related languages and dialects is a research tool promising to provide both a broad understanding of parameters at their finest-grained and an approach to the question of the minimal units of syntactic variation. The 11 articles in this collection demonstrate the use of this tool in analyzing microparametric variation, principally with reference to Chomsky's Minimalist program, in a variety of languages. Topics include 'se/si' constructions, hypothetical infinitives and adverbial quantifiers in French and other Romance languages; 'that'-trace variation, Scandinavian possessive constructions, reflexives and subject-verb agreement in Icelandic & Faroese, and verb clusters in continental West Germanic dialects; anaphoric agreement in Labrador Inuttut; negative particle questions in Chinese; imperative inversion in Belfast English; and the second person singular interrogative in the traditional vernacular of Bolton. Contributions by: Jean-Marc Authier & Lisa Reed; Philip Branigan; Lisa Cheng, James Huang & Jane Tang; Alison Henry; Anders Holmberg & Gorel Sandstrom; Alana Johns; France Martineau & Virginia Motapanyane; Graham Shorrocks; Knut Tarald Taraldsen; Marie-Therese Vinet; and Jan-Wouter Zwart.

Publication Year: 1996
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
Inuktitut, Eastern Canadian
Language Family(ies): East Scandinavian
West Germanic
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 155619594X
ISBN-13: 9781556195945
Pages: 269
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