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Probing phrases, pronouns, and binding <sup>*</sup>

Fredrik Heinat

in Merging Features: Computation, Interpretation, and Acquisition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199553266
eISBN:
9780191720833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553266.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter makes use of Pesetsky and Torrego's feature chains to account for the distribution of reflexive and personal pronouns. Under the assumption that all unvalued features probe when merged, ... More


Locality in Vowel Harmony

Andrew Nevins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262140973
eISBN:
9780262280570
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262140973.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography

Vowel harmony results from a set of restrictions that determine the possible and impossible sequences of vowels within a word. The study of syntax begins with the observation that the words of a ... More


On Multiple Wh-Questions with ‘Why’ in Japanese and Chinese

Kensuke Takita and Barry Chung-Yu Yang

in Japanese Syntax in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199945207
eISBN:
9780199389025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945207.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

Although both Japanese and Chinese are classified as wh-in-situ languages, they exhibit different behaviors with respect to multiple wh-questions involving ‘why’. That is, Japanese exhibits the ... More


Roots and phases

Ángel J. Gallego

in The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199665266
eISBN:
9780191748554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665266.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter argues that the argument-taking properties of roots can be derived from Chomsky’s (2000, 2001) Probe–Goal system. If merged with n, roots become nouns (√DESTROY → destruction), which do ... More


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