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Symmetry in Syntax
Merge, Move and Labels

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005556

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  • While much has been written on asymmetric aspects of sentence structure, symmetric aspects have been largely ignored, or claimed to be non-existent. Does symmetry in syntax exist, and if it does, how do we account for it? Barbara Citko sets out to tackle these questions and offers a unified approach to a number of phenomena that have so far been studied only in isolation. Focusing on three core minimalist mechanisms: merge, move and labeling, she advances a new theory of these mechanisms, by showing that under certain well-defined circumstances merge can create symmetric structures, move can target either of two potentially moveable objects, and labels can be constructed symmetrically from the features of two objects. This book is aimed at researchers and graduate students interested in minimalist syntax, the structure of questions, relative clauses, coordination, double object constructions and copular sentences.

    • Examines the nature of three core mechanisms in minimalist syntax: merge, move and labeling
    • Provides counterbalance to the research on asymmetry and antisymmetry in syntax
    • Provides a unified approach to a number of distinct constructions
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    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005556
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Rationale
    2. Asymmetry in syntax
    3. Symmetry in merge
    4. Symmetry in move
    5. Symmetric labels
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Barbara Citko, University of Washington, Seattle
    Barbara Citko is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research includes work on phrase structure, coordination, relative clauses, wh-questions and the syntax of Slavic languages.

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