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Functional Categories and Parametric Variation : Points of Conflict - Jamal Ouhalla

Functional Categories and Parametric Variation

Points of Conflict

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Published: 31st October 1991
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"Functional Categories and Parametric Variation" is an attempt to make sense of the idea that functional categories are the "flesh and blood of grammar." From within the context of the Principles and Parameters framework put forward by Chomsky and others, Jamal Ouhalla develops the argument that much of what we understand by the term "grammar" involves functional categories. His main thesis is that most, if not all, of the information which determines the major grammatical processes and relations (movement, agreement, case, etc.) are associated with functional categories. Furthermore, these categories are also the major locus of information determining language variation. This has major implications for the overall structure of the language model. In identifying parameters with a set of lexical properties, this approach could be construed as an attempt to dispense with the notion of "parameter" altogether.
Although this book explains for the first time the role of functional categories and language variation from within a coherent and explicit Chomskian framework, "Functional Categories and Parametric" "Variation" is comprehensible to non-Chomskian linguists. It is an original and important contribution to syntactic theory.

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
The X-Bar Status of the Inflectional Elements and the Clause Structurep. 52
On the Nature of Some Word Order Parametersp. 105
The Structure of Noun Phrases and Word Order Variationp. 156
Notesp. 201
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780415056410
ISBN-10: 0415056411
Series: Points of Conflict
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st October 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1