Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Non-Projecting Words

A Case Study of Swedish Particles

Authors: Toivonen, I.

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Focusing primarily on Swedish, a Germanic language whose particles have not previously been studied extensively, Non-Projecting Words: A Case Study on Swedish Particles develops a theory of non-projecting words in which particles are morphologically independent words that do not project phrases.
Particles have long constituted a puzzle for Germanic syntax, as they exhibit properties of both morphological and syntactic constructs. Although non-projecting words have appeared in the literature before, it has gone largely unnoticed that such structures violate the basic tenets of X-bar theory. This work identifies these violations and develops a formally explicit revision of X-bar theory that can accommodate the requisite "weak" projections.
The resulting theory, stated in terms of Lexical-Functional Grammar, also yields a novel classification of clitics, and it sheds new light on a range of recent theoretical proposals, including economy, multi-word constructions, and the primitives of lexical semantics. At an abstract level, we see that the modular, parallel-projection architecture of LFG is essential to the description of a variety of otherwise recalcitrant facts about non-projecting words.

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"In this book, Toivonen has produced an exceptionally lucid document, one that I do not hesitate to recommend to students and colleagues … this is that rare volume that contributes to linguistic theory while being highly accessible. The book furthermore strikes an exemplary balance between description and analysis; it is rich in clearly organized and insightfully presented data … . This book makes an important contribution." (Peter Svenonius, Language, Vol. 84 (3), 2008)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Non-Projecting Words
Book Subtitle
A Case Study of Swedish Particles
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
58
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0053-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0053-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1531-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1532-8
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 237
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