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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Structure of NP Coordination Add Dissertation
Author: José Camacho Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Southern California, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1997
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax;
Director(s): Joseph Aoun
Barry Schein

Abstract: This dissertation discusses the structure of coordinate constituents. Two general observations guide the analysis: first, conjunctions are propositional entities that reflect sentential events. Second, the conjuncts have the same status: they are both specifiers. Once these two ideas are brought together, the structure of conjoined phrases becomes similar to that of other phrases, and at the same time its crucial properties are accounted for. In essence, the structure of conjoined phrases involves duplicating an inflectional node: the higher part of it is headed by a lexically unspecified category (the conjunction) which inherits its properties from the lower part, which is a regular node (tense, aspect, agreement, etc.) The specifier of each of these nodes host a conjunct.

The proposal leads to revise several areas of syntax: agreement, feature-checking, etc. I explore empirical evidence in favor of the hypothesis presented, such as partial agreement, switch-reference phenomena, coordination and aspect interaction, etc.