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FeaturesPerspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics$
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Anna Kibort and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.001.0001

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Feature geometry and predictions of locality

Feature geometry and predictions of locality

(p.236) 10 Feature geometry and predictions of locality

Ivan A. Sag

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that grammar is a set of local constraints. The Sign‐Based Construction Grammar architecture is feature‐based and model‐theoretic, utilizing constructs (mother–daughter configurations) as the structures over which grammatical dependencies are defined in localist terms. I examine a number of non‐local dependencies (agreement, case assignment, control, and filler–gap dependencies), providing localist analyses that embody precise hypotheses about the nature of non‐locality in language.

Keywords:   Sign‐Based Construction Grammar (SBCG), locality, Head‐Driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG), subcategorization, case, agreement, filler–gap dependencies, control, idioms, context‐free grammar

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