LINGUIST List 22.4330

Tue Nov 01 2011

Books: Linguistic Theories/Syntax: Adger, Harbour, Watkins

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        1.     Joyce Reid , Mirrors and Microparameters: Adger, Harbour, Watkins

Message 1: Mirrors and Microparameters: Adger, Harbour, Watkins
Date: 01-Nov-2011
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Mirrors and Microparameters: Adger, Harbour, Watkins
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Title: Mirrors and Microparameters Subtitle: Phrase Structure beyond Free Word Order Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 122 Published: 2011 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: David Adger Author: Daniel Harbour Author: Laurel J. Watkins Paperback: ISBN: 9781107403598 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107403598 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 45.00

What is the nature of syntactic structure? Why do some languages haveradically free word order ('nonconfigurationality')? Do parameters varyindependently (the micro-view) or can they co-vary en masse (the macro-view)?Mirrors and Microparameters, first published in 2009, examines these questionsby looking beyond the definitional criterion of nonconfigurationality - thatarguments may be freely ordered, omitted, and split. Drawing on data fromKiowa, a member of the largely undescribed Kiowa-Tanoan language family, thebook reveals that classically nonconfigurational languages can nonethelessexhibit robustly configurational effects. Reconciling the cooccurrence of suchfreedom with such rigidity has major implications for the Principles andParameters program. This approach to nonconfigurational languages challengeswidespread assumptions of linguistic theory and throws light on the syntacticstructures, ordering principles, and nature of parametrization that compriseUniversal Grammar.

1. Introduction2. Nonconfigurationality and polysynthesis3. The clausal spin4. Making mirrors5. Interface properties of clausal domains6. Anti-quantification and the syntax-semantics interface7. Conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Kiowa (kio)
Written In: English (eng )

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