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Functional Heads: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7

Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto


Ever since Chomsky’s Barriers, functional heads have been the privileged object of research in generative linguistics. But over the last two decades, two rival approaches have developed. The cartographic project considers evidence for a functional head in one language as evidence for it in universal grammar. On the other hand, minimalist accounts tend to consider structural economy as literally involving as few heads as possible. In the present volume, some of the most influential linguists who have participated in this long-lasting debate offer their recent work in short, self-contained case ... More

Keywords: Chomsky, Barriers, functional heads, universal grammar, case studies, grammaticalization, language change, morphosyntax

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Brugé, editor
University of Venice

Anna Cardinaletti, editor
University of Linguistics

Giuliana Giusti, editor
University of Venice

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Functional Heads: State of the Art and Further Developments

Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Section 1 On the Cartography of Functional Structure

Wh-Movement as Topic Movement*

Günther Grewendorf

Subject Positions, Point of View and the Neuter Pronoun tet in West Flemish

Jacqueline Guéron and Liliane Haegeman ’Je est un autre.’1

A Note on the Spanish Left Periphery

Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Section 2 On Movements and Constraints

Moving Verbal Chunks in the Low Functional Field

Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi

Articles as Partitives*

Ignacio Bosque and M. Carme Picallo

Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion*

Richard S. Kayne and Jean-Yves Pollock

Re Re Again

Dominique Sportiche

Section 3 On the Nature of Functional Heads

Number As a Feature*

Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin

On the Lexical/Functional Divide: The Case of Negation*

M. Rita Manzini and Leonardo M. Savoia

Silent Heads

Halldór Ármann Sigurðsson and Joan Maling

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