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Mirrors and Microparameters
Phrase Structure beyond Free Word Order

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107403598

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  • What is the nature of syntactic structure? Why do some languages have radically free word order ('nonconfigurationality')? Do parameters vary independently (the micro-view) or can they co-vary en masse (the macro-view)? Mirrors and Microparameters examines these questions by looking beyond the definitional criterion of nonconfigurationality - that arguments may be freely ordered, omitted, and split. Drawing on data from Kiowa, a member of the largely undescribed Kiowa-Tanoan language family, the book reveals that classically nonconfigurational languages can nonetheless exhibit robustly configurational effects. Reconciling the cooccurrence of such freedom with such rigidity has major implications for the Principles and Parameters program. This approach to nonconfigurational languages challenges widespread assumptions of linguistic theory and throws light on the syntactic structures, ordering principles, and nature of parametrization that comprise Universal Grammar.

    • Engages with major research themes in linguistics, such as the nature of free word order and the nature of phrase structure
    • Uses previously unknown data from Kiowa, a member of the largely unrecorded Kiowa-Tanoan language family
    • Challenges widespread assumptions of linguistic theory
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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107403598
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Nonconfigurationality and polysynthesis
    3. The clausal spin
    4. Making mirrors
    5. Interface properties of clausal domains
    6. Anti-quantification and the syntax-semantics interface
    7. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    David Adger, Queen Mary University of London

    Daniel Harbour, Queen Mary University of London

    Laurel J. Watkins, Colorado College

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