The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

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Comparison across formal languages is an essential part of formal linguistics. The study of closely-related varieties has proven extremely useful in comparing differences that might otherwise appear unrealted, and has helped to identify the core principles of Universal Grammar. This comprehensive handbook serves two functions. It will provide a general and theoretical introduction to comparative syntax, its methodology, and its relation to other domains of linguistic inquiry; and it will provide a systematic selection of the best comparative work being done today on those language groups and families where substantial progress has been achieved. With top-notch editors and contributors from around the world, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars and students in formal more

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  • Paperback | 992 pages
  • 170.18 x 246.38 x 55.88mm | 1,338.09g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195136519
  • 9780195136517

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All the papers in this volume are of a very high standard...most [of the] papers present novel data and offer new insights leadin g to novel analyses. * LinguistList *show more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1. Some Notes of Comparative Syntax with Special Reference to English and French ; 2. On the Grammatical Basis of Language Development: A Case Study ; 3. Comparative Syntax and Language Disordered ; 4. Object Shift, Verb Movement, and Verb Reduplication ; 5. Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian ; 6. On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance ; 7. Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese ; 8. Morphology and Word Order in "Creolization" and Beyond ; 9. Slavic Languages ; 10. The Scandinavian Languages ; 11. Noun Class, Gender, and the Lexicon-Syntax-Morphology Interfaces: A Comparative Study of Niger-Congo and Romance Languages ; 12. Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Non-Subject Relative Clauses ; 13. Qu'est-ce-que (qu)-est-ce que? A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax ; 14. Clitic-placement, Grammaticalization, and Reanalysis in Berber ; 15. Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View ; 16. Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections ; 17. Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects ; 18. Calssifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia ; 19. The Celtic Languages ; 20. Preverbal Elements in Korean and Japanese ; 21. Continental West-Germanic Languagesshow more