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The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

John Collins

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199694846
eISBN:
9780191732027
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

The general aim of The Unity of Linguistic Meaning is to deliver a solution to the so-called ‘unity of the proposition’ problem as it pertains to linguistic meaning. The problem is to explain what ... 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


Locality in Minimalist Syntax

Thomas S. Stroik

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012928
eISBN:
9780262255349
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012928.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This reanalysis of minimalist syntax considers the optimal design properties for human language. Taking as its starting point Noam Chomsky’s minimalist assumption that the syntactic component of a ... 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


Conclusion

David Adger

in A Syntax of Substance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262018616
eISBN:
9780262312233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018616.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book has argued that labeling of syntactic structures is exocentric, whereby Merge builds structure whose labels are given by independently specified sequences of categories, on the basis of ... 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


Cognition and Communication in the Evolution of Language

Anne Reboul

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198747314
eISBN:
9780191809729
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747314.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The book offers a new approach to the evolution of language, arguing for a two-step process, syntax first evolving as an auto-organizational process for the human conceptual apparatus (as a Language ... More


Wordhood and word-internal domains

Glyne Piggott and Lisa deMena Travis (eds)

in The Structure of Words at the Interfaces

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198778264
eISBN:
9780191823770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198778264.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter investigates a view of wordhood where words are analysed as complex heads that contain no phrasal material. Several cases are examined where phonological and semantic information points ... More


Triangles in the Brain

Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky

in Why Only Us: Language and Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780262034241
eISBN:
9780262333351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034241.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter examines the what, who, where, when, how, and why of language and its evolution. It first considers Alfred Russel Wallace's views about natural selection before expounding on the “what” ... More


Head Movement and Pied-Piping

Ian Roberts

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014304
eISBN:
9780262289726
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014304.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

According to Noam Chomsky, Move is the combination of Agree, Merge, and Pied-pipe. It decomposes into three more primitive operations, whereas Merge takes two syntactic objects—α and β—and forms a ... More


A Systematic Contrast between English (Germanic) and Italian (Romance)

Guglielmo Cinque

in The Syntax of Adjectives: A Comparative Study

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014168
eISBN:
9780262289306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014168.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography

This chapter reviews a number of well-known semantic distinctions, which reveal a very systematic pattern of oppositions between English (Germanic) and Italian (Romance). It covers individual-level ... More


An Analysis of the Two Sources of Adjectives

Guglielmo Cinque

in The Syntax of Adjectives: A Comparative Study

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014168
eISBN:
9780262289306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014168.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Lexicography

This chapter presents syntactic analyses of direct modification adjectives and indirect modification adjectives. It argues that direct modification adjectives are functional elements, with phrasal ... More


On Phases

Noam Chomsky

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/9780262062787.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter examines the “strong minimalist thesis” (SMT) that language is an optimal solution to interface conditions that must be satisfied by the faculty of language. SMT emerged within the ... More


Syntax for Non-syntacticians A Brief Primer

Bickerton Derek

in Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013567
eISBN:
9780262258586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter describes and illustrates some of the most basic concepts and processes in syntax such as Merge, binding, control, movement, and empty categories. It first considers the hierarchical ... More


Some Elements of Syntactic Computations

Rizzi Luigi

in Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013567
eISBN:
9780262258586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter focuses on the nature of syntactic computations and current syntactic models, including “Principles and Parameters” and Minimalist models. It first considers the expression of the ... More


Introduction

David Adger

in A Syntax of Substance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262018616
eISBN:
9780262312233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018616.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This book proposes a syntactic system that totally separates structure building from the labeling of structure, and explores its theoretical and empirical, consequences. There are a number of ... More


Labels and Structures

David Adger

in A Syntax of Substance

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262018616
eISBN:
9780262312233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262018616.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines the standard Bare Phrase Structure-style system and its problems with labeling syntactic structures containing specifiers, challenges different proposals for the labeling of ... More


Optimal Design for Human Language

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/9780262012928.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This book examines whether a syntactic theory requires both strictly local relations (operations) and minimality relations (operations). In particular, it considers whether the Minimalist Program, a ... More


Some Wh Puzzles

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/9780262012928.003.0022
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

Wh-constructions present a special challenge for any theory of syntax, in part due to their rich morphophonetic variety. Multiple wh-elements can be spelled out in fronted positions in some ... More


Linguistic Theory II

Nirmalangshu Mukherji

in The Primacy of Grammar

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014052
eISBN:
9780262280310
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014052.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter presents in a detailed way the biolinguistic project view that languages are systems comprising a computational system and a lexicon. It says that a computational system includes the ... More


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