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The Antisymmetry of Syntax : Linguistic Inquiry Monographs - Richard S. Kayne

The Antisymmetry of Syntax

Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

Paperback Published: 14th December 1994
ISBN: 9780262611077
Number Of Pages: 213
For Ages: 18+ years old

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It is standardly assumed that Universal Grammar (UG) allows a given hierarchical representation to be associated with more than one linear order. For example, English and Japanese phrases consisting of a verb and its complement are thought of as symmetrical to one another, differing only in linear order. "The Antisymmetry of Syntax" proposes a restrictive theory of word order and phrase structure that denies this assumption. According to this theory, phrase structure always completely determines linear order, so that if two phrases differ in linear order, they must also differ in hierarchical structure. More specifically, Richard Kayne shows that asymmetric c-command invariably maps into linear precedence. From this follows, with few further hypotheses, a highly specific theory of word order in UG: that complement positions must always follow their associated head, and that specifiers and adjoined elements must always precede the phrase that they are sister to. A further result is that standard X-bar theory is not a primitive component of UG. Rather, X-bar theory expresses a set of antisymmetric properties of phrase structure. This antisymmetry is inherited from the more basic antisymmetry of linear order. "Linguistic Inquiry" Monograph No. 25

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
Deriving X-Bar Theoryp. 7
Adjunctionp. 15
Word Orderp. 33
Further Consequencesp. 47
Coordinationp. 57
Complementationp. 69
Relatives and Possessivesp. 85
Extrapositionp. 117
Conclusionp. 131
Notesp. 133
Referencesp. 171
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9780262611077
ISBN-10: 0262611074
Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 213
Published: 14th December 1994
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.17 x 15.39  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.36