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Title: The Emergence of Order in Syntax
Written By: Jordi Fortuny
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 119

The syntactic component of the faculty of language is argued to be a
rewiring of a few independently motivated components: features, the
conjunction of a successive operation of union-formation (Merge) and of
derivational records (nests), and principles of analysis. Since nests
linearize terminals (Kuratowski 1921), Kaynes (1994) LCA becomes
dispensable. The study of how features are ordered in discontinuous,
analytic and syncretic patterns, governed by the Full Interpretation
Condition and the Maximize Matching Effects Principle, provides a simple
account for several syntactic phenomena, like the C-Infl connection,
certain cartographic observations due to Cinque (1999), the A-status of
preverbal subjects in Null Subject Languages (Sol 1992), the alleviation of
wh-island effects in English when the embedded wh-phrase is a
subject (Chomsky 1986) and the dynamic V2 patterns in double agreement
dialects observed by Zwart (1993). The possibility that Comp-trace effects
derive from the contraction of the C-Infl discontinuity is explored and
subject islands and wh-islands are derived from the Relativized
Opacity Principle, an alternative to Chomskys PIC.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027255024
ISBN-13: 9789027255020
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