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Merge and features: a minimalist introduction

José M. Brucart, Anna Gavarró, and Jaume Solà

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/9780199553266.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This book is about features and merge, and, more specifically, about the intricate ways they interact in generating expressions in natural languages. This introductory chapter is divided into two ... More


Prepositions as Probes

Richard S. Kayne

in Movement and Silence

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195179163
eISBN:
9780199788330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179163.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter explores the relation between prepositions and movement, arguing that in at least some cases — in particular, in causatives — what is considered as the argument of a preposition comes ... More


On the Asymmetric Nature of the Operations of Grammar: Evidence from Codeswitching

Anna Maria Di Sciullo

in Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262027892
eISBN:
9780262320351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027892.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Evidence from intra-sentential codeswitching brings additional support to the Asymmetry Hypothesis, according to which asymmetrical relations are core relations of the language faculty. It is ... More


Feature‐Splitting Internal Merge: The Case of Tough‐constructions *

Miki Obata and Samuel David Epstein

in Ways of Structure Building

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199644933
eISBN:
9780191741609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644933.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter seeks to shed new light on the formal properties of Merge. Chomsky's (2007, 2008) feature-inheritance system makes it possible that two heads such as T and C simultaneously attract a ... More


Conclusion

Thomas S. Stroik

in Locality in Minimalist Syntax

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012928
eISBN:
9780262255349
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012928.003.0034
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

The transformational rules of generative grammar significantly overgenerate the output of natural language, producing grammars that children would find impossible to learn. To address this problem, ... More


Agreement and Head Movement: Clitics, Incorporation, and Defective Goals

Ian Roberts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014304
eISBN:
9780262289726
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014304.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book explores the consequences of Noam Chomsky’s conjecture that head movement is not part of the narrow syntax, the computational system which relates the lexicon to the interfaces. Unlike ... More


Caring about Characters

Eileen John

in Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198715719
eISBN:
9780191783395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715719.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter considers how and why real people can care about fictional characters.. Caring rests on having interests at stake, and in literary contexts those interests concern the accuracy and ... More


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