Particles and Projections in Irish Syntax

Particles and Projections in Irish Syntax

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Chapter 5: Irish Noun Phrases ...266 5. 0 Introduction 266 5. 0. 1 Irish Nominal Paradigms...269 5. 0. 2 Prepositional Phrases: Two Types of Mutation Context ...273 5. 1 Construct State Nominals and DP Projections...282 5. 1. 1 Rightward Specifiers 286 5. 1. 2 Adjective Placement...288 5. 1. 3 Possessive Particles 305 5. 1. 4 Demonstrative Licensing and Interpretation...311 5. 1. 5 Head-movement and ICM Effects 315 5. 2 Summary 322 Appendix ...323 References 342 Index of Names and Subjects 359 PREFACE This bookis based on my 1991 USCdissertation. Since thattime, there have been two major theoretical developments that bear directly on the analysesoriginallydevelopedin the dissertation. These aretheinceptionof the 'Minimalist Program' of Chomsky (1992, 1993), and the recent 'Antisymmetry' proposals presented in Kayne (1993). Taken in conjunction with the many criticisms and suggestions ofreviewers, these proposals have prompted significant revisions ofthe earlier work:. Every chapter has been substantially revised, the introductory chapter has been replaced, and Chapters 2, 3 and 5 offer completely new analyses of the originalmaterial.
The book comprises a set of theoretical studies of aspects of Modern Irish syntax. I have tried to present a coherent and consistent treatmentof the Irishfacts; abookin which the particularsofIrish syntax- which are in many cases quiteeccentric from an Englishperspective- are shown to inform more general theoreticalissues. I also hope to have offered to the non-Celticist a reasonably complete overview of the major syntactic structures ofIrish, with some indication and analysisofthe more importantdialectdifferences.
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  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 27.94mm | 839.14g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1995 ed.
  • XIV, 372 p.
  • 0792335503
  • 9780792335504

Table of contents

1: Theoretical Issues.- 1.1 Explaining Syntactic Universals and Syntactic Variation.- 1.1.1 Lexical and Functional Projections: A Retrospective.- 1.1.2 Projections, Particles and Initial Consonant Mutation.- 1.2 Constraints on Phrase-Structure.- 1.2.1 X'-theory.- 1.2.2 Deriving X'-theory: Kayne (1993).- 1.3 Conditions on Movement: Deriving Locality.- 1.4 Motivating Syntactic Movement.- 1.4.1 Motivating NP-movement.- 1.4.2 Motivating Head Movement.- 1.4.3 A Note on Terminology.- 1.5 Summary.- 2: Movement and Mutation Processes In Modern Irish.- 2.0 Introduction.- 2.0.1 Initial Consonant Mutation.- 2.0.2 On Deriving VSOX Word-Order: Preliminaries.- 2.1 The Scope of Verb-Movement in Irish.- 2.1.1 Adverb Placement (I).- 2.1.2 'Pronoun-Postposing'.- 2.1.2.1 Diachronic Changes.- 2.1.2.2 Adverb Placement (II).- 2.1.2.3 Restrictions on 'Postposing.- 2.2 Unpacking INFL: The Preverbal Particle System.- 2.2.1 Deriving [C Degrees].- 2.2.2 Deriving [T Degrees].- 2.2.3 Deriving [Neg Degrees].- 2.2.4 Deriving [Agr Degrees].- 2.3 Mutation in Copular Constructions.- 2.4 Summary.- 3: Conspicuous Absences: Mutation & Extraction In Negated Contexts.- 3.0 Introduction.- 3.1 The Problem of Gan: Mutation And Extraction.- 3.1.1 Small Clauses and Infinitival Clauses.- 3.1.2 Gan: Mutation and Subject Extraction.- 3.2 Relative Clauses, Narrative Fronting and Topicalization in Irish.- 3.2.1 Indirect vs. Direct Relatives: aNvs. aL.- 3.2.1.1 Dialectal & Historical Factors.- 3.2.1.2 Past Tense Contexts.- 3.2.1.3 Independent & Dependent Forms.- 3.2.2 Negative Relatives: The Dog that Didn't Bark.- 3.2.3 Topicalization and WH-movement in Celtic and Germanic.- 3.2.3.1 Muller & Sternefeld (1993).- 3.2.3.2 Direct Relatives as Topic-Phrases.- 3.2.3.3 Topicalization vs. Narrative-Fronting.- 3.2.3.4 Negative Polarity Licensing.- 3.3 Conclusion.- 4: Visible Arguments: Theta-Government And Case In Ulster Irish.- 4.0 Introduction.- 4.1 Deriving SOVX word order.- 4.1.1.1 Thematic Constraints.- 4.1.1.2 Lexical Subjects.- 4.1.1.3 The Particle aL.- 4.1.2 A Previous Analysis: McCloskey & Sells (1988).- 4.1.3 An Alternative Analysis: aL and 'Object Agreement'.- 4.2 Theta-marking and Extraction in Progressive Contexts.- 4.2.1.1 Ag and tareis: Structural Differences.- 4.2.1.2 Ag and aL: Structural Parallels.- 4.2.2 Extraction from Progressives: the ag ? aL Rule.- 4.2.3 AL and the Distribution of Resumptive Pronouns.- 4.2.4 Towards a Unified Account of Object Licensing.- 4.2.5 Genitive Complements: Noun-Phrase Incorporation.- 4.3 Non-Finite Word-Order and Object Agreement in Southern Dialects.- 4.4 Summary.- 5: Irish Noun Phrases.- 5.0 Introduction.- 5.0.1 fish Nominal Paradigms.- 5.0.2 Prepositional Phrases: Two Types of Mutation Context.- 5.1 Construct State Nominals and DP Projections.- 5.1.1 Rightward Specifiers.- 5.1.2 Adjective Placement.- 5.1.3 Possessive Particles.- 5.1.4 Demonstrative Licensing and Interpretation.- 5.1.5 Head-movement and ICM Effects.- 5.2 Summary.- References.- Index of Names and Subjects.
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