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Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Features, Categories and the Syntax of A-Positions

Cross-Linguistic Variation in the Germanic Languages

Authors: Haeberli, E.

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Features, Categories, and the Syntax of A-Positions investigates various aspects of the distribution of nominal arguments, and in particular the cross-linguistic variation that can be found among the Germanic languages in this domain of the syntax. The empirical topics that are discussed include variable vs. fixed argument order, the distribution of subjects with respect to adjuncts, expletive constructions, and oblique subjecthood. These and many other phenomena are analyzed within a theoretical framework which is based on the Minimalist Program. The book argues that the traditional theoretical devices accounting for the distribution of arguments in generative syntax (abstract Case, the Extended Projection Principle) should be eliminated from the grammar and that their apparent effects can be derived from the feature specifications of syntactic categories. Furthermore, it is shown that several aspects of the cross-linguistic variation found in the syntax of arguments can be related to variation in the domain of inflectional morphology.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Features, Categories and the Syntax of A-Positions
Book Subtitle
Cross-Linguistic Variation in the Germanic Languages
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
54
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-010-0604-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-010-0604-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0854-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0855-9
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 381
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