Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Phi-features and the Modular Architecture of Language

Authors: Rezac, Milan

  • Provides new tools and evidence for the modular architecture of the human language faculty
  • Develops a new theory for one of the core issues posed by the Minimalist Program: the relationship of syntax to its interfaces and the nature of uninterpretable features
  • Establishes a new cross-linguistic phenomenon to study the foregoing, person-governed last-resort repairs, providing new insights into the nature of ergative/accusative Case and of Case licensing itself
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This monograph investigates the modular architecture of language through the nature of "uninterpretable" phi-features: person, number, gender, and Case. It provides new tools and evidence for the modular architecture of the human language faculty, a foundational topic of linguistic research. At the same time it develops a new theory for one of the core issues posed by the Minimalist Program: the relationship of syntax to its interfaces and the nature of uninterpretable features. The work sets out to establish a new cross-linguistic phenomenon to study the foregoing, person-governed last-resort repairs, which provides new insights into the nature of ergative/accusative Case and of Case licensing itself. This is the first monograph that explicitly addresses the syntactic vs. morphological status of uninterpretable phi-features and their relationship to interface systems in a similar way, drawing on person-based interactions among arguments as key data-base.

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“Rezac certainly presents an impressive contribution to syntactic theorizing using what are often seen as problematic data. This monograph presents a novel mechanism for PCC and related effects in a number of languages. The work is well organized and contains substantial references. In sum, Rezac’s book is important for anyone interested in the architecture of grammar, minimalism, or Romance syntax.” (Michael Barrie, LINGUIST List 23.4397)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Modularity, Phi-Features, and Repairs

    Rezac, Milan

    Pages 1-24

  • Phi-Features in Realizational Morphology

    Rezac, Milan

    Pages 25-63

  • Person Hierarchy Interactions in Syntax

    Rezac, Milan

    Pages 65-92

  • Person Case Constraint Repairs in French

    Rezac, Milan

    Pages 93-175

  • Repairs and Uninterpretable Features

    Rezac, Milan

    Pages 177-277

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-9697-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3429-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Phi-features and the Modular Architecture of Language
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
81
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9698-2
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9698-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9697-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3429-6
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 326
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