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Author Haider, Hubert.

Title Symmetry breaking in syntax / Hubert Haider.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource.
Series Cambridge studies in linguistics ; 136
Cambridge studies in linguistics ; 136.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary A new theory of grammar which explores the old distinction between OV and VO languages and their underlying basic asymmetry.
Contents Cover; Symmetry Breaking in Syntax; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Abbreviations; 1 What breaks the symmetry in syntactic structuring; 1.1 The asymmetry of syntax; 1.2 Symmetry breaking -- adaptation for time and dimension management; 1.3 Head first or head last -- costs and gains; 1.4 The OV/VO syndrome; 1.5 Counterproposals -- symmetry claims; 2 Linearizations are public, structures are private; 2.1 How grammars go public; 2.2 Grammars are friendly to the parser -- by chance and necessity; 2.3 If top down plus bottom up, then right-associative structures.
2.4 OV and VO -- the two ways of compromising for the benefit of the parser2.5 When performance meets UG, does form follow function?; 2.6 Summary; 3 BBC -- asymmetry in phrase structuring; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The structure of complex lexical projections; 3.2.1 The facts; 3.2.2 The theoretical modelling; 3.3 On double-objects -- Larson's odyssey on his way to right-branching structures; 3.3.1 Data covered, theory missing; 3.3.2 Theory uncovered and data covered; 3.4 Stranded particles as indicators of V-positions in a VP-shell in VO; 3.5 Scrambling is an OV phenomenon.
Slavic languages are Type III languages3.6 In sum: the asymmetry theory that is behind syntactic symmetry breaking, in a nutshell; Theoretical premises; 4 The cross-linguistic impact of the BBC; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 BBC-geared structural invariants; 4.3 Functional projections; 4.3.1 Parameterized directionality of complement selection for lexical C°; 4.3.2 Clause-final functional heads in German and other Germanic OV languages?; 4.4 The BBC and phrasal movement; 4.5 Expletive subjects; 4.6 Verb order -- 'messy' OV, 'tidy' VO?; 4.7 Summary and typological implications.
5 The Germanic OV/VO split5.1 The puzzle; 5.2 Yiddish -- a syntactic time capsule; 5.3 OV, VO and the third kind; 5.4 Old Germanic languages are of Type III; 5.5 A synoptic look at alternative accounts; 5.6. It's a long way to OV/VO; 5.7 Summary; Appendix 5.1 A checklist of syntactic correlates of OV and VO, and the third type; What correlates directly with VO?; What correlates directly with OV?; What correlates directly with the third type (OV and OVO and VO)?; Appendix 5.2 Why [[V O] Aux] orders do not exist and the FoF constraint is covered by the BBC; 6 Adverbial positions in VO and in OV.
6.1 Overview and introduction6.2 Structural availability of positions for adverbials; 6.2.1 Admissibility of low positions for 'high' adverbials in OV but not in VO; 6.2.2 Misidentified superiority effects for 'higher-order' wh-adverbials in VO; 6.2.3 Compactness of head-initial VPs excludes VP-internal adverb positions in VO; 6.2.4 The edge effect occurs only with VO structures and rules out pre-VP adverbials; 6.2.5 Expanded scope domains in OV (due to verb-clustering-triggered clause union); 6.3 At the semantics interface; 6.3.1 Syntactic identification and semantic integration.
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Subject Germanic languages -- Syntax.
German language -- Syntax.
Parallelism (Linguistics)
Germanic languages -- Grammar, Comparative.
German language -- Grammar, Comparative.
Generative grammar.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Haider, Hubert. Symmetry breaking in syntax. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012 9781107017757 (DLC) 2012026427 (OCoLC)799252854
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