Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation

The Syntax of Arguments and Sentence-Internal Chain Formation in Germanic 5.1 Introduction In this chapter we return to our ... principle governing all saturation phenomena, the Saturation Condition: ( 1 ) The Saturation Condition a.


Author: Gert Webelhuth

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195361384

Category: Foreign Language Study

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This work represents the first full-scale attempt to provide a restrictive theory of parameters--the nature and limits of syntactic variation. Focusing on syntactic saturation, Webelhuth hypothesizes that in natural language these phenomena are subject to the "Saturation Condition." He explains the principles behind this condition and demonstrates how it imposes strong constraints on what counts as a possible parameter in natural language. Webelhuth goes on to test this theory against empirical evidence from seven modern Germanic languages: German, Dutch, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic.

The Blackwell Companion to Syntax

Aspect and the Syntax of Noun Phrases. PhD dissertation, University of ... In: Grammatical Categories in Australian Languages. Robert M. W. Dixon (ed.) ... Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation. Oxford/New 580 Chapter 14 ...


Author: Martin Everaert

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405178419

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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*** Pre-Order The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax, second edition, publishing December 2017. Find out more at *** This long-awaited reference work marks the culmination of numerous years of research and international collaboration by the world’s leading syntacticians. There exists no other comparable collection of research that documents the development of syntax in this way. Under the editorial direction of Martin Everaert and Henk van Riemsdijk, this 5 volume set comprises 70 case studies commissioned specifically for this volume. The 80 contributors are drawn from an international group of prestigious linguists, including Joe Emonds, Sandra Chung, Susan Rothstein, Adriana Belletti, Jim Huang, Howard Lasnik, and Marcel den Dikken, among many others. A unique collection of 70 newly-commissioned case studies, offering access to research completed over the last 40 years. Brings together the world’s leading syntacticians to provide a large and diverse number of case studies in the field. Explores a comprehensive range of syntax topics from an historical perspective. Investigates empirical domains which have been well-documented and which have played a prominent role in theoretical syntax at some stage in the development of generative grammar. Serves as a research tool for not only theoretical linguistics but also the various forms of applied linguistics. Contains an accessible alphabetical structure, with an index integral to each volume featuring keywords and key figures. Each multi-volume set is also accompanied by a CD Rom of the entire Companion. Like the prestigious Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series, this multi-volume work, in the new The Wiley Blackwell Companions to Linguistics series, can be relied upon to deliver the quality and expertise with which Blackwell Publishing’s linguistics list is associated.

Scrambling and the Survive Principle

Syntactic saturation phenomena and the modern Germanic languages . PhD dissertation , University of Massachusetts - Amherst . Webelhuth , G. 1992. Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation . Oxford : OUP .


Author: Michael T. Putnam

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027233799

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Languages with free word orders pose daunting challenges to linguistic theory because they raise questions about the nature of grammatical strings. Ross, who coined the term Scrambling to refer to the relatively 'free' word orders found in Germanic languages (among others) notes that “ the problems involved in specifying exactly the subset of the strings which will be generated are far too complicated for me to even mention here, let alone come to grips with” (1967:52). This book offers a radical re-analysis of middle field Scrambling. It argues that Scrambling is a concatenation effect, as described in Stroik's (1999, 2000, 2007) Survive analysis of minimalist syntax, driven by an interpretable referentiality feature [Ref] to the middle field, where syntactically encoded features for temporality and other world indices are checked. The purpose of this book is to investigate the syntactic properties of middle field Scrambling in synchronic West Germanic languages, and to explore, to what possible extent we can classify Scrambling as a 'syntactic phenomenon' within Survive-minimalist desiderata.

Parameters of Slavic Morphosyntax

OXFORD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE SYNTAX Richard Kayne , General Editor Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation Gert Webelhuth Verb Movement and Expletive Subjects in the Germanic Languages Sten Vikner Parameters and Functional ...


Author: Steven Franks

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195358261

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

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Focusing on issues of case theory and comparative grammar, this study treats selected problems in the syntax of the Slavic languages from the perspective of Government-Binding theory. Steven Franks seeks to develop parametric solutions to related constructions among the various Slavic languages. A model of case based loosely on Jakobson's feature system is adapted to a variety of comparative problems in Slavic, including across-the-board constructions, quantification, secondary predication, null subject phenomena, and voice. Solutions considered make use of recent approaches to phrase structure, including the VP-internal subject hypothesis and the DP hypothesis. The book will serve admirably as an introduction to GB theory for Slavic linguists as well as to the range of problems posed by Slavic for general syntacticians.

Parameters and Functional Heads Essays in Comparative Syntax

OXFORD STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE SYNTAX Richard Kayne, General Editor Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation Gert Webelhuth Verb Movement and Expletive Subject in the Germanic Languages Sten Vikner Parameters and Functional ...


Author: Perugia Adriana Belletti Associate Professor of Linguistics Universita per Stanieri

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198024880

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 312

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The essays collected in this volume, most previously unpublished, address a number of closely interconnected issues raised by the comparative syntax of functional heads within the Principles-and-Parameters approach. The general theory of head movement, the properties of derived structures created by incorporation, and the parameterization involved are the main theoretical foci. One major empirical area which is addressed concerns head movement in configurations involving certain kinds of operator-like elements, for example, the different manifestations of Verb Second phenomena in Wh and other constructions and the syntax of negative heads and specifiers. In addition, properties of functional heads and head movement in nominal and clausal structures and the causative construction are investigated.

The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory

Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation. New York: Oxford University Press. Webelhuth, G. (ed.), (1995a). Government and Binding Theory and the Minimalist Program. Oxford: Blackwell. Webelhuth, G. (1995b).


Author: Mark Baltin

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470756355

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This volume provides a comprehensive view of the current issues in contemporary syntactic theory. Written by an international assembly of leading specialists in the field, these 2 original articles serve as a useful reference for various areas of grammar. Contains 23 articles written by an international assembly of specialists in the field. The lucidly written articles grant accessibility to crucial areas of syntactic theory. Contrasting theories are represented. Contains an informative introduction and extensive bibliography which serves as a reference tool for both students and professional linguists.

The Syntax of German

(2006) Syntax, eine morphologisch motivierte generative Beschreibung des Deutschen, Tubingen: Stauffenburg Verlag. ... Webelhuth, Gert (1992) Principles and parameters of syntactic saturation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Author: Hubert Haider

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521865258

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 371

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A broad coverage of German syntax, providing an in-depth look at object-verb sentence formation in comparison with other languages.

Rethinking Parameters

The Day Syntax Ate Morphology. EGG class lectures, Novi Sad. Starke, Michal. ... Checking Theory and Grammatical Functions in Universal Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ... Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation.


Author: Luis Eguren

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190461751

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 400

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Parameters of linguistic variation were originally conceived, within the chomskyan Principles and Parameters Theory, as UG-determined options that were associated with grammatical principles and had a rich deductive structure. This characterization of parametric differences among languages has changed significantly over the years, especially so with the advent of Minimalism. This book collects a representative sample of current generative research on the status, origin and size of parameters. Often taking diverging views, the papers in the volume address some or all of the main debated topics in parametric syntax: i.e. are parameters provided by UG, or do they constitute emergent properties arising from points of underspecification?; in which component(s) of the language faculty are parameters to be found?; do clustering effects actually hold across languages?; do macroparameters exist alongside microparameters?; are there parameter hierarchies?; which is the origin and role of parameters in the process of language acquisition? The volume is organized into two parts. Part I ("The nature of variation and parameters") brings together studies whose main goal is to discuss general issues related to parameters (or variation more generally). Part II ("Parameters in the analysis of language variation: case studies") includes a number of works that deal with the empirical basis and proper formulation of well-known particular parameters: the Null Subject Parameter, the NP/DP Parameter, the Compounding Parameter, the Wh-Parameter and the Analyticity Parameter.

The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation

Principles and parameters of syntactic saturation . Oxford : Oxford University Press . Wexler , K. , and P. Culicover . 1980. Formal principles of language acquisition . Cambridge , Mass .: MIT Press . Wilder , C. , and D. Ćavar .


Author: Željko Bošković

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262522365

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 247

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Economy considerations have always played an important role in the generative theory of grammar. Indeed, the very development of the theory has been characterized by natural considerations of simplicity and economy. In the Minimalist Program, the operations of the computational system that produce linguistic expressions must satisfy general considerations of simplicity referred to as Economy Principles. In The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation: An Economy Approach, the author completes two major research projects that solidify the foundation of the Minimalist Program: the elimination of c-selection and government. He then investigates in detail the nature of the Economy Principles in syntax. The discussion, which focuses on infinitival and participial complements, shows that a number of facts that previously have either not been accounted for or have received unsatisfactory treatment can be explained in a principled way once Economy Principles and, more generally, the Minimalist Program are adopted.

German Syntactic Problems Problematic Syntax

Webelhuth, Gert (1989) Syntactic Saturation Phenomena and the Modern Germanic Languages. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Appeared as G. Webelhuth (1992) Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation.


Author: Werner Abraham

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110914726

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 329

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The volume assembles eleven articles presenting a linguistic approach to the grammar of German, English and the diachronic forerunners of English. Common to all is a theoretical discussion against the background of Chomskyan minimalism (1993) and more recent developments of it (Kayne 1993, Chomsky 1995), all of which make language typology comparisons an interesting proposition. Some of the articles are critical of certain aspects of these theoretical approaches. For all their claims to descriptive universality, it transpires that they fail to address a number of features specific to German.