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Title: A/A-Bar Chain Uniformity
Written By: Rejean Canac Marquis
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This thesis develops a theory of Chain Uniformity based on a strict A/A-Bar distinction, replying to alleged shortcomings of an A-A-bar typology of syntactic positions. Arguing all positions within Functional Categories (FCs) are inherently undetermined w.r.t. A/A-bar, chain Uniformity allows a chain contextual determination of their A/A-bar status, eliminating the exponential complexity related to increasing number of FCs from a language acquisition viewpoint, yet allowing a cross-linguistic flexibility previous typologies lacked. Chain Uniformity implies a reanalysis of (non-unifrom) Operator-variable chains as two uniform chains connnected through Clausal predication (as in Null Operator constructions (NOCs)) at the level of AgrPs, capturing intricate properties of past-participle agreement in French (chapter 3). Other chapters extend the analysis to specific constructions, e.g. scrambling (chapter 5), Weak and Weakest crossover effects (chapter 4) and NOCs (chapter 6).

Publication Year: 1994
Publisher: Graduate Linguistic Students' Association, Umass
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Pages: 285
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