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Title: Theoretical Approaches to Universals
Edited By: Artemis Alexiadou
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today
Description:

The present volume has its origin in the GLOW conference on Universals hosted in Berlin in March 1999. The papers in this volume are concerned both with formal as well as with substantive universals. All the contributions attempt to identify universal properties of the language faculty, as well as the source of cross-linguistic variation. They cover a wide range of empirical phenomena across languages such as locality, deletion, verb classes, XP-split constructions, uantifier Raising, the EPP, the Person Case Constraint etc. Some of the articles pay particular attention to the organization of the grammar, the type of operations that are effective, the role of features in determining variation, and primitive notions of phrase-structure (c-command, Agree etc.). Others show how structural differences capture semantic and morphological differences within a language and across languages, and how these are the ultimate source of linguistic variation.
The book is of primary interest to researchers and students in syntactic theory, comparative syntax, and linguistic variation.

Table of Contents

List of contributors vii
Introduction
Artemis Alexiadou 1
Universal features and language-particular morphemes
Maya Arad 15
Agree or attract? A relativized minimality solution to a proper binding condition puzzle
Cedric Boeckx 41
Distributed deletion
Gisbert Fanselow and Damir Cavar 65
Roots, constituents, and c-command
Robert Frank, Paul Hagstrom and Vijay K. Shanker 109
A four-way classification of monadic verbs
Murat Kural 139
On agreement: locality and feature valuation
Luis López 165
A minimalist account of conflation processes: Parametric variation at the lexicon-syntax interface
Jaume Mateu and Gemma Rigau 211
Morphological constraints on syntactic derivations
Juan Romero 237
Intermediate traces, reconstruction and locality effects
Joachim Sabel 259
Index 315

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Generative Linguistics
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Pages: viii, 319 pp.
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