Functional Heads The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-20
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Ever since Chomsky's Barriers, functional heads have been the privileged object of research in generative linguistics. But over the last two decades, two rival approaches have developed. The cartographic project, as represented by the collections in this Oxford series, considers evidence for a functional head in one language as evidence for it in universal grammar. On the other hand, minimalist accounts tend to consider structural economy as literally involving as few heads as possible. In the present volume, some of the most influential linguists who have participated in this long-lasting debate offer their recent work in short, self contained case studies. The contributions cover all the main layers of recently studied syntactic structure, including such major areas of empirical research such as grammaticalization and language change, standard and non-standard varieties, interface issues, and morphosyntax. Functional Heads attempts to map aspects of syntactic structure following the cartographic approach, and in doing so demonstrate that the differences between the cartographic approach and the minimalist approach are more apparent than substantial.

Author Biography

Laura Brugé is a Researcher at the University of Venice.

Anna Cardinaletti is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Venice.

Giuliana Giusti is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Venice.

Nicola Munaro is a Researcher at the University of Venice.

Cecilia Poletto is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Frankfurt.

Table of Contents

Introduction, The editors

Section 1: On the cartography of functional structure
From modal particle to interrogative marker: A study of German denn, Josef Bayer
Lexical complementizers and headless relatives, Paola Benincà
The theory of syntax and the representation of indexicality, Alessandra Giorgi
Wh-Movement as topic movement, Günther Grewendorf
'Je est un autre.' Subject positions, point of view and the neuter pronoun tet in West Flemish, Jacqueline Guéron and Liliane Haegeman
Number within the DP: A view from Oceanic, Elisabeth Pearce
Mirative and focusing uses of the Catalan particle pla, Gemma Rigau
On the nature of the V2 system in Medieval Romance, Giampaolo Salvi
A note on the Spanish Left Periphery, María Luisa Zubizarreta

Section 2: On movements and constraints
Moving verbal chunks in the low functional field, Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi
Articles as partitives, Ignacio Bosque and M. Carme Picallo
Toward an analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion, Richard S. Kayne and Jean-Yves Pollock
Samoan ergativity as double passives, Hilda Koopman
Rivisiting "Suspended Affixation" and other coordinate mysteries, Jaklin Kornfilt
Backward Binding and the C-T phase: A case of Syntactic Haplology, Christer Platzack
On the feature composition of participial light verbs in French, Andrew Radford and Michèle Vincent
A note on dative incompatibility suppression, Henk van Riemsdijk
Hallmarks on Portuguese syntax, Alain Rouveret
Notes on wh in situ in French, Ur Shlonsky
Re re again. What French re shows about VP structures, have and be raising, and the syntax/phonology interface, Dominique Sportiche
The structural object position of verbs and nouns, Knut Tarald Taraldsen

Section 3: On the nature of functional heads
On the double definiteness, aspect, and word order in Old and Modern Scandinavian, Werner Abraham
The order of verbal affixes and functional structure in Imbabura Quichua, Peter Cole and Gabriella Hermon
Number as a Feature, Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin
Which is the extended projection above N?, Joseph Emonds
On the lexical-functional divide: The case of negation, M. Rita Manzini and Leonardo M. Savoia
Diachrony and cartography: Paths of grammaticalisation and the clausal hierarchy, Ian Roberts
Silent Heads, Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson and Joan Maling
Postnominal adjectives in Greek indefinite noun phrases, Melita Stavrou

Afterword, Giulio Lepschy and Lorenzo Renzi

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