1. - W. Abraham, The Base Structure of the German Clause under Discourse Functional Weight: Contentful Functional Categories vs Derivative Ones. - H. Czepluch, Word Order in English: Old Problems and New Answers. - E. van Gelderen, Inflection and Movement in Old English. - H. Haider, Projective Economy. On the Minimal Functional Structure on the German Clause. - C.J.-W. Zwart, Transitive Expletive Constructions and the Evidence Supporting the Multiple Specifier Hypothesis. - Introduction
2. - A. Alexiadou/E. Anagnostopoulou, Toward a Uniform Account of Scrambling and Clitic Doubling. - K.K. Grohmann, Pronouns of the Left Periphery of West Germanic Embedded Clauses. - E. Mallen, Agreement and Case Matching in Noun Phrases in German. - J. te Velde, Deriving Conjoined XP's: A Minimal Deletion Approach. - Introduction
3. - Chr. Platzack, The Initial Hypotheses of Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Language Acquisition and Attrition. - R.A. Sprouse, The Acquisition of German and the "Initial Hypothesis of Language": A Reply to Platzack.
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The volume assembles eleven articles presenting a linguistic approach to the grammar of German, English and the diachronic forerunners of English. Common to all is a theoretical discussion against the background of Chomskyan minimalism (1993) and more recent developments of it (Kayne 1993, Chomsky 1995), all of which make language typology comparisons an interesting proposition. Some of the articles are critical of certain aspects of these theoretical approaches. For all their claims to descriptive universality, it transpires that they fail to address a number of features specific to German. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Book — xviii, 264 p. ; 24 cm.
1. What breaks the symmetry in syntactic structures--
2. Linearizations are public, structures are private--
3. BBC - asymmetry in phrase structuring--
4. The cross-linguistic impact of the BBC--
5. The Germanic OV/VO split--
6. Adverbial positions in VO and in OV--
7. Elements of the third kind - resultative predicates and particles - in OV and VO--
8. Asymmetry in nominal structures - word and phrase structure--
9. BBC or LCA? - fact finding and evaluation.
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In this illuminating new theory of grammar, Hubert Haider demonstrates that there is a basic asymmetry in the phrase structure of any language, whatever sentence structure it takes. Moreover, he argues that understanding this asymmetry is the key to understanding the grammatical causality underlying a broad range of core syntactic phenomena. Until now, Germanic languages have been seen to fall into two distinct classes: those which take an object-verb sentence structure (OV) or a verb-object one (VO). However, by examining the nature of this universal underlying asymmetry, Hubert Haider reveals a third syntactic type: 'Type III'. In particular, he employs the third type to explore the cognitive evolution of grammar which gave rise to the structural asymmetry and its typological implications. Symmetry Breaking in Syntax will appeal to academic researchers and graduate students involved in comparative and theoretical syntax and the cognitive evolution of grammar. (source: Nielsen Book Data)