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The Present Perfective Paradox across Languages

Astrid De Wit

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198759539
eISBN:
9780191820250
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759539.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book analyzes the interaction between present-tense marking and aspect in English, French, the English-based Surinamese creole language Sranan, and a variety of Slavic languages (Russian, ... More


Four Dangers in the Comparative Approach

W. Underhill James

in Humboldt, Worldview and Language

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748638420
eISBN:
9780748671809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638420.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter invites readers to remain critical in appraising the findings of comparative linguistics. Four dangers are outlined. Firstly, the terms of debates can be ill-defined. Secondly, the scope ... More


Parameters in Old Romance word order 1: A comparative minimalist analysis

Guido Mensching

in Parameter Theory and Linguistic Change

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659203
eISBN:
9780191745188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659203.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter examines medieval Romance word order patterns concentrating on XP-V-subject and Aux-XP-V-participle. It argues both patterns are related to each other in that the latter overtly shows ... More


Prepositional genitives in Romance and the issue of parallel development: From Latin to Old French

Chiara Gianollo

in Parameter Theory and Linguistic Change

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199659203
eISBN:
9780191745188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659203.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

The fact that the Romance languages appear to be, from the viewpoint of syntactic typology, much closer to one another than to their documented common Latin ancestor is often cited as a striking case ... More


Datives, Defective Intervention, and Case Discrimination

Omer Preminger

in Agreement and Its Failures

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780262027403
eISBN:
9780262323192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027403.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter addresses the phenomenon of intervention by dative nominals (also known as “defective intervention”). The chapter begins with an illustration of the endemic inability of dative nominals ... More


Head Movement

Norvin Richards

in Contiguity Theory

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034425
eISBN:
9780262332330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034425.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

The theory developed so far is applied to head-movement; along with the existing requirements of Generalized Contiguity and Affix Support, the chapter adds a requirement that affixes be attached to ... More


Further Topics in Head Movement: V2, vP, and Infinitives

Norvin Richards

in Contiguity Theory

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034425
eISBN:
9780262332330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034425.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

The chapter considers head-movement to positions other than tensed T: English wh-questions, V2, verb movement to v, and verb placement in infinitives. A condition of Stress Isomorphy is invoked to ... More


Some Preliminary Comparative Remarks on French and Italian Definite Articles

Richard S. Kayne

in Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory: Essays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262062787
eISBN:
9780262273152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter examines parametric variation within the nominal domain and shows that crosslinguistic variation across a variety of nominal constructions can be linked to a single parameter: the ... More


Universal Default Right-Headedness and How Stress Determines Word Order

Joseph Emonds

in Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199684359
eISBN:
9780191764967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684359.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter combines hypotheses which go against commonly held views. First, Stowell’s head-initial/head-final parameter should be replaced in terms of departures from a universal default head-final ... More


Arguments for Long Distance Movement in Long Distance Questions in Child Language

Hamida Demirdache

in Diagnosing Syntax

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199602490
eISBN:
9780191757297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602490.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines the diagnostics put forth for long movement in long distance questions in child language. It discusses diagnostics from comprehension studies and elicited production studies. ... More


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