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Rethinking Parameters

Luis Eguren, Olga Fernandez-Soriano, and Amaya Mendikoetxea


Parameters of linguistic variation were originally conceived, within the chomskyan Principles and Parameters Theory, as UG-determined options that were associated with grammatical principles and had a rich deductive structure. This characterization of parametric differences among languages has changed significantly over the years, especially so with the advent of Minimalism. This book collects a representative sample of current generative research on the status, origin, and size of parameters. Often taking diverging views, the papers in the volume address most of the main debated topics in par ... More

Keywords: parameter, macrovariation, microvariation, parameter hierarchies, Universal Grammar, Third Factor, clustering effects, locus of parameterization, language acquisition

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190461737
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461737.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis Eguren, editor
Full Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Universidad Autònoma de Madrid

Olga Fernandez-Soriano, editor
Full Professor of Spanish Linguistics, Universidad Autònoma de Madrid

Amaya Mendikoetxea, editor
Senior Lecturer, Universidad Autònoma de Madrid

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Front Matter


Luis Eguren, Olga Fernández-Soriano, and Amaya Mendikoetxea

PART I The Nature of Variation and Parameters

PART II Parameters in the Analysis of Language Variation: Case Studies

Chapter 10 Rethinking parameter theory diachronically

Chris H. Reintges and Sonia Cyrino

End Matter