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Books: Syntax

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  1. Jud Wolfskill, Esther Torrego, The Dependencies of Objects

Message 1: Esther Torrego, The Dependencies of Objects

Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 17:12:43 -0400
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: Esther Torrego, The Dependencies of Objects

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The Dependencies of Objects

Esther Torrego

This monograph investigates the nature, properties, and consequences of
the grammatical constraints that yield overt marking of objects in a
variety of languages. The author, working within the Minimalist
Program, concentrates on the syntactic and semantic behaviors of a
particular class of objects: objects morphologically marked by the
dative preposition in Romance languages, especially in several Spanish
dialects, with consideration of similar phenomena in other languages. 

The central questions addressed revolve around the syntactic
derivations that have accusative and dative complements and the role
played by "doubling" clitics in these derivations. The analysis,
concerned primarily with Case theory, unifies syntactic phenomena by
isolating the grammatical factors that yield structures with accusative
and dative objects.

The monograph also includes a discussion of some classical themes of
syntactic theory in the Romance languages, including asymmetries in the
wh-movement of objects with clitics, and causatives.

Esther Torrego is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the
University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 34

September 1998

6 x 9, 216 pp.

paper, ISBN 0-262-70068-9; cloth, ISBN 0-262-20112-7
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