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Coordination, gapping, and the Portuguese inflected infinitive: the role of structural ambiguity in syntactic change

Ana Maria Martins

in Grammatical Change: Origins, Nature, Outcomes

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199582624
eISBN:
9780191731068
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines the change that contributes to the extension of inflected infinitives to the complement of Exceptional Case Marking (ECM) verbs from the sixteenth century on. The chapter is ... More


On the difference between exhaustive and partial control

Michelle Sheehan

in Null Subjects in Generative Grammar: A Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198815853
eISBN:
9780191853449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815853.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter compares the partial/exhaustive control distinction in Russian, Icelandic and European Portuguese and argues that all three share a common core: genuine partial control readings are only ... More


Clausal complementation

Adam Ledgeway

in The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199677108
eISBN:
9780191808821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0063
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Historical Linguistics

The main goal of this chapter is to provide a descriptive and critical overview of the some of the most striking and interesting problems and questions related to issues in Romance complementation ... More


A test bed for grammatical theories

Pieter A. M. Seuren

in From Whorf to Montague: Explorations in the Theory of Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199682195
eISBN:
9780191764929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682195.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

In this chapter, a number of crucial observations are presented and discussed that prove the inadequacy of current theories of grammar—especially ‘cognitivist’ approaches—which deny any universals ... More


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