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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0010

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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