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Fri Jun 21 2013

Books: Null Subjects: Camacho

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Subject: Null Subjects: Camacho
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Title: Null Subjects Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics Published: 2013 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: José A. Camacho Hardback: ISBN: 9781107034105 Pages: 265 Price: U.S. $ 99.00

The null subject has always been central to linguistic theory, because it tells us a great deal about the underlying structure of language in the human brain, and about the interface between syntax and semantics. Null subjects exist in languages such as Italian, Chinese, Russian and Greek where the subject of a sentence can be tacitly implied, and is understood from the context. In this systematic overview of null subjects, José Camacho reviews the key notions of null subject analyses over the past 30 years and encompasses the most recent findings and developments. He examines a balance of data on a range of languages with null subjects and also explores how adults and children acquire the properties of null subjects. This book provides an accessible and original account of null subject phenomena, ideal for graduate students and academic researchers interested in syntax, semantics and language typology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I. What is the Null Subject Parameter? A Little History
2. The null subject parameter: introduction
3. The core content of the NSP
4. The nature of the EPP and the null subject parameter

Part II. On Identification:
5. Identification and morphology
6. Discourse identification
7. Null/overt subject contrasts
8. The status of preverbal subjects in NSLs
9. Parametrization, learnability and acquisition

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng)

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