Functional Categories and Parametric Variation

Functional Categories and Parametric Variation

This book explores the idea that functional categories are the flesh and blood of grammar'.

Author: Jamal Ouhalla

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134934744

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This book explores the idea that functional categories are the flesh and blood of grammar'. From within the context of the Principles and Parameters framework put forward by Chomsky and others, Jamal Ouhalla develops the argument that much of what we understand by the term grammar and grammatical variation involves functional categories in a crucial way. His main thesis is that most, if not all, of the information which determines the major grammatical processes and relations (movement, agreement, case, etc.) and consequently parametric (or crosslinguistic) variation is associated with functional categories. By identifying parameters with a limited set of lexical properties associated with a well-defined group of functional categories, the book offers a new and highly constrained version of the theory of Lexical Parametrization. Dr Ouhalla begins by identifying a set of lexical properties which distinguish functional categories from substantives, arguing that each of them represents a parameter in its own right. He then goes on to argue on the basis of evidence drawn from a broad range of languages that functional categories, most of which are bound morphemes, behave in important respects like independent syntactic categories, and therefore should be assigned a full categorial status on a par with substantives. The remainder of the book contains detailed discussions of how this conclusion, together with the theory of Lexical Parametrization developed, account naturally for some major typological differences having to do mainly with word order in sentences and noun phrases. Although the various discussions it contains are conducted within the Chomskyan framework, Functional Categories and Parametric Variation is comprehensible to linguists of all theoretical persuasions. It is an original and important contribution to syntactic theory in general.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Role of Formal Features in Second Language Acquisition

The Role of Formal Features in Second Language Acquisition

First , parameters are not associated with UG principles but rather with functional
categories , the latter being the source of parametric variation . Second , the
values associated with functional categories exclusively determine parametric ...

Author: Juana M. Liceras

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: UCSC:32106019021911

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 577

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This edited volume dealing with formal features in Second Language Acquisition is defined within current generative grammatical theory, such as the Principles and Parameters Theory and the Minimalist Program. Formal features are essential to any account of language acquisiton because they are basic components of lexical and functional categories. This is a subject of much current research as evidenced by the number of published articles in journals and in conference proceedings. This is what the editors say: While L2 acquisition is the focus of our volume, the papers address the role of features in the current versions of generative grammar and explore the role of features for learnability theory as it relates to native and non-native acquisition. To our knowledge, the volume represents the first scholarly contribution specifiacally devoted to features in language acquisition. There are many generativists in SLA, including our two series editors, Susan Gass and Jacquelyn Schacther. When asked if the formalist bias will be a big detraction, Jacquelyn said, The formal features book will definitely be formalist in tone
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McGill Working Papers in Linguistics

McGill Working Papers in Linguistics

More specifically , the study will focus on determining whether the functional
categories INFL and NUM and their strong features are present in the
interlanguage grammars of ... Feature strength in INFL is subject to parametric
variation . If INFL ...

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ISBN: UCSC:32106019314415

Category: Linguistics

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Functional Categories in Mandarin Chinese

Functional Categories in Mandarin Chinese

Apart from the functional projection IP , Fukui ( 1986 ) also argues that Japanese
lacks both the functional categories CP and DP . He claims that the lack of ... He
thinks that this threatens the learnability of such parametric variation . 1 . 3 . 2 . 2 .

Author: Ding Xu

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105020684473

Category: Chinese language

Page: 202

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Categories: Chinese language

The Limits of Syntactic Variation

The Limits of Syntactic Variation

Against the background of the past half century s typological and generative work on comparative syntax, this volume brings together 16 papers considering what we have learned and may still be able to learn about the nature and extent of ...

Author: Theresa Biberauer

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027255150

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 521

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Against the background of the past half century s typological and generative work on comparative syntax, this volume brings together 16 papers considering what we have learned and may still be able to learn about the nature and extent of syntactic variation. More specifically, it offers a multi-perspective critique of the Principles and Parameters approach to syntactic variation, evaluating the merits and shortcomings of the pre-Minimalist phase of this enterprise and considering and illustrating the possibilities opened up by recent empirical and theoretical advances. Contributions focus on four central topics: firstly, the question of the locus of variation, whether the attested variation may plausibly be understood in parametric terms and, if so, what form such parameters might take; secondly, the fate of one of the most prominent early parameters, the Null Subject Parameter; thirdly, the matter of parametric clusters more generally; and finally, acquisition issues.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Revue Roumaine de Linguistique

Revue Roumaine de Linguistique

Principles and Parameters of Comparative Grammar , 182 – 218 , MIT Press ,
Cambridge . ... Dialect variation and the theory of grammar , 85 - 103 , Dordrecht .
... Ouhala , J . ( 1991 ) : Functional Categories in Parametric Variation , London .

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ISBN: UOM:39015066371769

Category: Language and languages

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Linguistische Berichte

Linguistische Berichte

Lasnik , H . ( 1992 ) : “ Case and expletives : notes toward a parametric account ”
. Linguistic Inquiry 23 , 381 - 405 . Lasnik , H ... Cambridge : Cambridge
University Press . Ouhalla , J . ( 1991 ) : Functional Categories and Parametric
Variation .

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ISBN: UOM:39015066027072

Category: Language and languages

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Historical linguistics

Historical linguistics

J . Ouhalla ( 1991 ) : Functional Categories and Parametric Variation , London /
New York . A . Radford ( 1997 ) : Syntax : A minimalist introduction , Cambridge .
P . Ramat ( 1986 ) : Is a Holistic Typology Possible ? , Folia Linguistica 20 , 3 - 14
.

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105022258680

Category: Comparative linguistics

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Historical linguistics

Historical linguistics

J . Ouhalla ( 1991 ) : Functional Categories and Parametric Variation , London /
New York . A . Radford ( 1997 ) : Syntax : A minimalist introduction , Cambridge .
P . Ramat ( 1986 ) : Is a Holistic Typology Possible ? , Folia Linguistica 20 , 3 - 14
.

Author: Adalbert Kuhn

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ISBN: UOM:39015061575216

Category: Historical linguistics

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Parametric Variation in Germanic and Romance

Parametric Variation in Germanic and Romance

( 2 ) The Set of Types ( TYPE ) : IF I E BASTYPE THEN I E TYPE b . IF I , y E ... By
this view ( which is essentially that of HPSG ) , the order of subcategorisation of a
functional category would be taken to encode relative obliqueness , allowing the
 ...

Author: Elisabet Engdahl

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105110118051

Category: Germanic languages

Page: 244

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Categories: Germanic languages

Florilegium linguisticum

Florilegium linguisticum

Functional and Anaphoric Control . In : Linguistic Inquiry 14 , p . 641 - 674 . - ,
1985 . Remarks on Control and ... Ouhalla , Jamal , 1991 . Functional Categories
and Parametric Variation . London , New York . Pollock , Jean - Yves , 1989 .

Author: Wolfgang Paul Schmid

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften

ISBN: UOM:39015042867047

Category: Comparative linguistics

Page: 560

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Die Festschrift enthält 40 Beiträge zu Themen der Allgemeinen und Indogermanischen Sprachwissenschaft, der Onomastik und der Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Die darin behandelten Sprachen umfassen große Teile der indogermanischen Sprachfamilie. Einen gewissen inhaltlichen Schwerpunkt bilden dabei die baltischen, slavischen und germanischen Sprachen. Auch Latein und Griechisch sowie einige indo-iranische Sprachen sind jeweils Gegenstand mehrerer Untersuchungen. Zwei bislang unedierte Briefe von Wilhelm von Humboldt geben neue Einblicke in sprachwissenschaftshistorische Fragen. Methodisch sind Arbeiten im Rahmen der klassischen Indogermanistik bis hin zur Generativen Grammatik vertreten. Es eröffnet sich damit ein breites Spektrum des ganzen Faches Sprachwissenschaft, so wie es Wolfgang P. Schmid stets verstanden hat.
Categories: Comparative linguistics

FLSM III

FLSM III

In order to emphasize that parametric variation in the ordering of certain
functional categories is indeed possible , the evidence presented in this paper
will be drawn solely from languages of the Baltic - Finnish branch of the Finno -
Ugric family ...

Author: Formal Linguistics Society of Midamerica. Meeting

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ISBN: UOM:39015032829593

Category: Linguistics

Page: 386

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Categories: Linguistics

Creolization and Language Change

Creolization and Language Change

Introduction rol This paper wants to contribute to the study of functional
categories in two ways . ... Although attractive from a conceptual point of view ,
this approach to parametric variation raises several questions pertaining to the
nature and ...

Author: Dany Adone

Publisher: de Gruyter

ISBN: UCAL:B4087038

Category: Creole dialects

Page: 160

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The book series Linguistische Arbeiten (LA) publishes high-quality work in linguistics that addresses current issues in synchrony and diachrony, theoretically or empirically oriented.
Categories: Creole dialects

GLOW Newsletter

GLOW Newsletter

Functional Categories and Parametric Variation . London : Routledge . Pesetsky ,
D . & Torrego , E . 2001 . T - to - C movement : causes and consequences . En
Kenstowicz , M . ( Ed ) . Ken Hale : a life in language . MIT Press . Cambridge .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105132685160

Category: Generative grammar

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The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics Du Gen

The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics  Du Gen

The underspecification of functional categories in early grammar . ... Functional
categories and parametric variation . ... See also : Formal Models and Language
Acquisition ; Minimalism ; Noun Phrases ; Principles and Parameters Framework
 ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015062862977

Category: Language and languages

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English Linguistics

English Linguistics

Lexical Parameter Hypothesis In the Minimalist Program ( MP ) , the locus of
parametric variation is mainly shifted to the heads of functional categories . The
idea originates in the Functional Parameterization Hypothesis in Fukui ( 1988 ) .

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105213176105

Category: English language

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Studies in English Linguistics

Studies in English Linguistics

those who assert that the same functional categories exist in all languages at any
stage of their developments . They might ask ... Kiparsky ( 1995 : 141 ) asserts
that the choice of functional categories is subject to parametric variation . We will
 ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105023466761

Category: English language

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Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society

In A . Belletti and L . Rizzi , eds . , Parameters and Functional Heads , 117 - 179 .
... In A . Holmberg and U . Nikanne , eds . , Case and Other Functional Categories
in Finnish , 177 - 206 . ... Functional Categories and Parametric Variation .

Author: Berkeley Linguistics Society

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ISBN: UOM:39015068974859

Category: Language and languages

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Live Fast Die Young

Live Fast  Die Young

Parametric differences between languages in this framework can be identified as
differential properties of functional ... The assumption of parametric variation
between languages as different selections from a set of functional categories for ...

Author: Anne Breitbarth

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105122452555

Category: German language

Page: 195

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Categories: German language

A Parametric Grammar of Seediq

A Parametric Grammar of Seediq

Voice : form and function . ( Typological Studies in Language 27 ) . Amsterdam :
John Benjamins , pp 247 - 277 ... Functional categories and parametric variation .
London : Routledge Ouhalla , Jamal . 1994 . ' Verb movement and word order in
 ...

Author: Arthur J. Holmer

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ISBN: 9179663826

Category: Austronesian languages

Page: 237

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Categories: Austronesian languages