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Theoretical Comparative Syntax : Studies in Macroparameters - Naoki Fukui

Theoretical Comparative Syntax

Studies in Macroparameters

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2006
ISBN: 9780415341035
Number Of Pages: 422

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Collected for the first time in a single volume, these essays and articles by Naoki Fukui form an outline of some of the most significant and formative contributions to syntactic theory. Focusing particularly on the typological differences between English/type language and Japanese/type languages, Fukui examines the abstract parameters that both link and divide them. Linguistic universals are considered in the light of cross-linguistic variation and typological (parametric) differences are investigated from the viewpoint of universal principles.

The book's main focus is the nature and structure of invariant principles and parameters (variables) and how they interact to give principled accounts to a variety of seemingly unrelated differences between English and Japanese. The contrasts between these two types of language is an ideal testing ground, since the languages are superficially different in virtually every aspect of their linguistic structures from word order and wh-movement, to grammatical agreement and case-marking systems, among many others.

These articles constitute a considerable contribution to the development of the principles-and-parameters model in its exploration and refinement of theoretical concepts and fundamental principles of linguistic theory, leading to some of the basic insights that lie behind the minimalist program.

Original publication detailsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Specifiers and projectionp. 9
LF extraction of naze: some theoretical implicationsp. 38
Strong and weak barriers: remarks on the proper characterization of barriersp. 55
Parameters and optionalityp. 69
A note on improper movementp. 87
The principles-and-parameters approach: a comparative syntax of English and Japanesep. 100
Symmetry in syntax: Merge and Demergep. 132
Order in phrase structure and movementp. 179
An A-over-A perspective on localityp. 209
The uniqueness parameterp. 224
Nominal structure: an extension of the Symmetry Principlep. 229
Phrase structurep. 258
The Visibility Guideline for functional categories: verb-raising in Japanese and related issuesp. 289
On the nature of economy in languagep. 337
Notesp. 354
Referencesp. 392
Indexp. 415
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ISBN: 9780415341035
ISBN-10: 0415341035
Series: Routledge Leading Linguists
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 422
Published: 1st October 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.78
Edition Number: 1

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