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Title: Merging Features
Subtitle: Computation, Interpretation, and Acquisition
Edited By: José M. Brucart
Anna Gavarró
Jaume Sola
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199553266
Description:

This book presents new work on how Merge and formal features, two basic
factors in the Minimalist Program, should determine the syntactic
computation of natural language. Merge combines simpler objects into more
complex ones. Formal features establish dependencies within objects. In
this book leading scholars examine the intricate ways in which these two
factors interact to generate well-formed derivations in natural language.
It is divided into two parts concerned with formal features and
interpretable features - a subset of formal features. The authors combine
grammatical theory with the analysis of data drawn from a wide range of
languages, both in the adult grammar and in first language acquisition. The
mechanisms at work in linguistic computation are considered in relation to
a variety of linguistic phenomena, including A-binding, A'-dependencies and
reconstruction, agreement, word order, adjuncts, pronouns and complementizers.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199553262
ISBN-13: 9780199553266
Pages: 392
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00
U.S. $ 125.00