Theoretical Comparative Syntax brings together for the first time,
significant essays and articles by Naoki Fukui, exploring various topics in
the areas of syntactic theory and comparative syntax. The articles have a
special focus on the typological differences between English (-type
languages) and Japanese (-type languages) and abstract parameters that
derive them. Linguistic universals are considered in the light of
cross-linguistic variation and typological (parametric) differences are
investigated from the viewpoint of universal principles.
The unifying theme of this volume is the nature and structure of invariant
principles and parameters (variables) and how they interact to give
principled accounts to a variety of seemingly unrelated differences between
English and Japanese. These two types of languages provide an ideal testing
ground for the principles and their interactions with the parameters since
the languages exhibit diverse superficial differences in virtually every
aspect of their linguistic structures.