Principles and Parameters in a VSO Language

Principles and Parameters in a VSO Language : A Case Study in Welsh

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Introducing a lucid and succinct analysis of the main syntactic properties of Welsh, Roberts puts forward a general analysis of clause structure, agreement, case-marking, and other phenomena. He also provides us with a comparative analysis of these phenomena in relation to other Celtic languages, Germanic and Romance languages, and English. The study of P&P theory is unprecedented, and this monograph will be a strong addition to the Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax series.
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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 14mm | 322.06g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195168224
  • 9780195168228
  • 2,108,786

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A significant body of research on the motivations for and mechanisms of word order variation (e.g., case, the Extended Projection Principle (EPP) etc.) have dominated recent work in minimalist principles and parameters syntax. Roberts' book provides a very important addition to this canon of work, bringing in new evidence from a relatively understudied language. ... In addition to this important technical and theoretical contribution, Roberts' book fills a gap in the
literature on the syntax of the Celtic languages. ...this is work of importance not only to Celticists and VSO-ologists, but also to any syntactician seriously considering the nature and variation in word order derivation and constituent licensing. * Linguist List *
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About Ian G. Roberts

Ian Roberts grew up in North Wales and did his graduate work at the University of Southern California. He was previously Professor and Head of English Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart prior to his current post as Professor and Head of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.
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