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Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation : Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Paperback) - Gert Webelhuth

Principles and Parameters of Syntactic Saturation

Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 24th September 1992
ISBN: 9780195070415
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

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"This study is a very important contribution both to German (and Germanic) syntax and to linguistic theory."--Jindrich Toman, University of Michigan "This study is a very important contribution both to German (and Germanic) syntax and to linguistic theory."--Jindrich Toman, University of Michigan

Selected List of Definitions, Diagrams, and Overview Tablesp. xvii
Introductionp. 3
A Restrictive Theory of the Concept "Possible Parameter of Natural Language,"p. 6
The Tension between Descriptive and Explanatory Adequacyp. 6
A Model of Explanation: X-bar Theoryp. 13
The Bounds of Analytic Powerp. 16
Motivation for a Theory of Possible Parametersp. 18
The Lower Bound of Analytic Power (Observational and Descriptive Adequacy)p. 20
The Upper Bound of Analytic Power (Explanatory Adequacy)p. 25
Locality Constraints on Lexical Information: The Variation Theoremp. 31
A Theory of Possible Parameters: The Identical Projection Function Modelp. 40
The Atomization Problemp. 47
A General Theory of Structure Building: Morphology within the IPF-Modelp. 55
Summaryp. 64
Basic Word Orderp. 67
Introductionp. 67
Documenting Directionality in Modern Germanicp. 67
Summaryp. 81
The Distribution of Finite Argument Clausesp. 83
Introductionp. 83
Clauses with and without Overt Complementizersp. 83
Empirical Consequences of the Sentence Trace Universalp. 94
Raising, Unaccusative, and Passive Verbsp. 95
Other Constructions Where DP Is Not C-Selectedp. 98
Platzack on Swedishp. 98
Preposition Strandingp. 99
ECM Constructionsp. 101
Resumptive Pronounsp. 101
Case Agreementp. 102
Scramblingp. 103
Conclusionp. 111
Pied Pipingp. 115
The Theoretical Relevance of the Pied Piping Phenomenonp. 115
Pied Piping Possibilities in Germanicp. 116
Relative Clauses in Englishp. 128
The Pied Piping Generalizationsp. 132
Introductionp. 132
Specifiersp. 133
Complementsp. 135
Summary of the Generalizationsp. 142
Deriving the Generalizationsp. 142
Modifiersp. 142
[Theta]-Marked Phrasesp. 146
Specifiers of C'p. 151
Summary and Discussionp. 155
The Syntax of Arguments and Sentence-Internal Chain Formation in Germanicp. 159
Introductionp. 159
Free Word Order Structures in German and Constraints on Movementp. 164
Extraction from PP and the Left Branch Conditionp. 165
The Specificity Constraint on Extraction from DPp. 170
The Coordinate Structure Constraintp. 170
The Subject Conditionp. 171
Anti-Crossover Effectsp. 172
Parasitic Gapsp. 174
Summary of Sections 5.2.1-5.2.6p. 176
Evidence from Language Acquisitionp. 176
Consequences of the Syntactic and Acquisitional Properties of the Free Word Order Structuresp. 178
The Properties of Sentence-Internal Chainsp. 179
DP Can Undergo the Movement Processp. 180
PP Can Undergo the Movement Processp. 181
The Moved Element Is in a Non-Case Marked Positionp. 182
The Movement Licenses Parasitic Gapsp. 184
The Mover Can Strand a Prepositionp. 185
More Than One Element Can Undergo the Movementp. 187
The Moved Element Can Pied-Pipe Its Mother Constituentp. 187
Deriving the Chain Type Differencep. 189
Operator and Argument Featuresp. 189
Characterization of Heavy-NP Shiftp. 193
Characterization of Scramblingp. 194
Other Free Word Order Languagesp. 201
Dutchp. 202
Czech/Russian (Slavic)p. 202
Hungarian (Finno-Ugric)p. 203
Tagalog (Austronesian)p. 203
Warlpiri (Australian)p. 203
Japanese (Altaic)p. 204
Haya (Niger-Kordofanian)p. 204
Quechua (Andean-Equatorial)p. 204
Hindip. 204
Scrambling and Binding Theoryp. 205
Epiloguep. 211
Bibliographyp. 215
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780195070415
ISBN-10: 0195070410
Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th September 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.77 x 14.12  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.32

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