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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 Overt Syntax of Relativization and Topicalization Add Dissertation
Author: Chunyan Ning Update Dissertation
Institution: University of California, Irvine, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1993
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax;
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
Director(s): C.T. James Huang

Abstract: In the literature, there has been the unified theory of relativization and topicalization as proposed in Kuno (1976) and Chomsky (1977), among others, according to which both relativization and topicalization are viewed as involving the formation of an operator-variable construction due to the island effects they both exhibit as in the overt movement in wh-questions. Despite this similarity, this thesis shows that there is an asymmetry between adjunct relatives and adjunct topic constructions, and that there is an asymmetry between relatives of the primary adjuncts and those of the secondary adjuncts. These asymmetries cast doubt on the unified theory of relativization and topicalization.

The general objective of this thesis is to formulate a theory of relativization and topicalization which is capable of accounting for their differences without jeopardizing the overt syntactic constraints they obey as two instances of overt-movement.