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Dynamic Antisymmetry and the Syntax of Noun Incorporation

Barrie, Michael

2011, XIV, 198 p.

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  • Ties together two influential theories of phrase structure, Bare Phrase Structure and Antisymmetry, in a fresh and innovative way
  • Offers an insightful and elegant analysis of noun incorporation
  • Provides a wide empirical coverage of noun incorporation and related phenomena

This innovative analysis of noun incorporation and related linguistic phenomena does more than just give readers an insightful exploration of its subject. The author re-evaluates—and forges links between—two influential theories of phrase structure: Chomsky’s Bare Phrase Structure and Richard Kayne’s Antisymmetry. The text details how the two linguistic paradigms interact to cause differing patterns of noun incorporation across world languages. With a solid empirical foundation in its close reading of Northern Iroquoian languages especially, Barrie argues that noun incorporation needs no special mechanism, but results from a symmetry-breaking operation.

 

Drawing additional data from English, German, Persian, Tamil and the Polynesian language Niuean, this synthesis has major implications for our understanding of the formation of the verbal complex and the intra-position (roll-up) movement. It will be priority reading for students of phrase structure, as well as Iroquoian language scholars.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Analysis of Noun incorporation - Bare phrase structure - Generative syntax - Linguistic phenomena - Nominal root - Northern Iroquoian languages - Syntax-morphology interface - Theories of phrase structure - Verbal complex

Related subjects » Linguistics

Table of contents 

Dynamic Antisymmetry and the Syntax of Noun Incorporation . Introduction . Outlook and Goals . Noun Incorporation . Properties of NI . On the Syntactic Nature of NI . Conclusion and Outline of Book .- Theoretical Background . A Bit of History of Phrase Structure . Bare Phrase Structure . Antisymmetry . Head Movement . Alternative Accounts of Linearization . Demerge and Concatenate: SOV as Underlying Order . Parameterized Order . Departures from LCA . Conclusion .- Unifying Antisymmetry and Bare Phrase Structure . The Problem of Mutual C-command . Previous Accounts . Guimarães (2000) and Self-Merge . Nunes and Uriagereka (2000) . Richards (2001) . Conclusion .- The LCA and BPS .- Proposal .- Alternatives to Complement-to-Spec Roll-up . Spec-to-Spec Movement and Romance Clitics . Avoidance of the Initial Merger Problem . Linearization and Late Insertion . Summary .- Noun Incorporation in Northern Iroquoian . Northern Iroquoian Languages . Clause Structure of Northern Iroquoian . Nominal Structure in Northern Iroquoian . Patterns of NI in Northern Iroquoian . Productivity of NI . Nominal Roots . Analysis . Previous Analyses . NI As Phrasal Movement . Properties of Iroquoian NI . NI IN Ditransitives . NI and Overt DPs . Conclusion .- Noun Incorporation and its Kind in Other Languages . The Structure of Nominals and V/IN Order . NI in Sierra Popoluca . English Gerunds . Description of NI in English Gerunds . German Progressives . Persian “Long Infinitive” Constructions . Tamil Noun Incorporation and Coordination . Adverb Incorporation in Blackfoot . Conclusion .- V+N Order . Polynesian Pseudo Noun Incorporation . The Structure of Niuean . Pseudo Noun Incorporation . Postlude on Tukang Besi . Romance Compounds . Description of V+N Compounds . Mapudungun . Upriver Halkomelem . Conclusion .- Conclusion . Summary . Limitations . Conclusions and Implications .-Subject Index

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