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Phases of interpretation [electronic resource] / edited by Mara Frascarelli.

Publication:
Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, c2006.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (400 p.)
Series:
Studies in generative grammar ; 91.
Studies in generative grammar, 0167-4331 ; 91
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Subjects:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
This book investigates the concept of phase, aiming at a structural definition of the three domains that are assumed as the syntactic loci for interface interpretation, namely vP, CP and DP. In particular, three basic issues are addressed, that represent major questions of syntactic research within the Minimalist Program in the last decade. A) How is the set of minimally necessary syntactic operations to be characterised (including questions about the exact nature of copy and merge, the status of remnant movement, the role of head movement in the grammar), B) How is the set of minimally necessary functional heads to be characterised that determine the built-up and the interpretation of syntactic objects and C) How do these syntactic operations and objects interact with principles and requirements that are thought to hold at the two interfaces. The concept of phase has also implications for the research on the functional make-up of syntactic objects, implying that functional projections not only apply in a (universally given) hierarchy but split up in various phases pertaining to the head they are related to. This volume provides major contributions to this ongoing discussion, investigating these issues in a variety of languages (Berber, Dutch, English, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian and West Flemish) and combining the analysis of empirical data with the theoretical insights of the last years.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Introduction
Phases and interpretation
Chapter 1 - Interpretation and structural conditions
Grafts follow from merge
An interpretive effect of head movement
When we do that and when we don t: A contrastive analysis of VP ellipsis and VP anaphora
Chapter 2 - Interpretation in the DP-phase
HAVE = BE + PREP(osition): New evidence for the preposition incorporation analysis of clausal possession
Northern Norwegian degree questions and the syntax of measurement
Parallels in clausal and nominal periphery
Chapter 3 - Functional projections in the vP-phase
The properties of anticausatives crosslinguistically
Number agreement and event pluralization: A case study
The Phase Condition and cyclic Spell-out: Evidence from VP-topicalization
Parallel phases: a study on the high and low left periphery of Old Italian
Chapter 4 - The CP-phase and Subject Licensing
Obviation in subjunctive argument clauses and the first-personal interpretation
Who is lui? Reference of Italian overt and covert subject pronouns
Satisfying the Subject Criterion by a non subject: English Locative Inversion and Heavy NP Shift
Informational focus in Sicilian and the left periphery
Backmatter
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Frascarelli, Mara.
ISBN:
1-282-19409-7
9786612194092
3-11-019772-3
OCLC:
290492663
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9783110197723 doi