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Locality and the Architecture of Syntactic Dependencies
 
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Locality and the Architecture of Syntactic Dependencies
 
 
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28 Mar 2007
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A study on minimalist syntax presents a critique of Chomsky's Agree/phase framework and develops a more restrictive theory of the computational system with wide-ranging empirical consequences. The assumption that Agree and Move are strictly local (i.e. there is no long-distance Agree) leads naturally to conceptual and empirical arguments for a crash-proof computational system. Apparent long-distance dependencies turn out to be the outcome of a recursive chain on local complex dependencies. Among other phenomena, the author presents novel and detailed analyses of quirky subjects in Icelandic and Spanish, indefinite SE in Spanish and different types of expletive constructions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Icelandic.


Description

A study on minimalist syntax presents a critique of Chomsky's Agree/phase framework and develops a more restrictive theory of the computational system with wide-ranging empirical consequences. The assumption that Agree and Move are strictly local (i.e. there is no long-distance Agree) leads naturally to conceptual and empirical arguments for a crash-proof computational system. Apparent long-distance dependencies turn out to be the outcome of a recursive chain on local complex dependencies. Among other phenomena, the author presents novel and detailed analyses of quirky subjects in Icelandic and Spanish, indefinite SE in Spanish and different types of expletive constructions in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Icelandic.


Contents

Introduction
Agree, Move, A-Dependencies
Complex dependencies: nominative objects.
Complex dependencies: the quirkiest subject.
References
Index


Authors

LUIS LÓPEZ is an Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA. He is the author of over a dozen articles on syntactic theory in refereed journals and edited books. In 2005-6 he was the recipient of a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.