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Contrast and Representations in Syntax

Bronwyn M. Bjorkman and Daniel Currie Hall


Syntactic contrasts, the systems of grammatical oppositions that exist within individual languages, are typically formally encoded in terms of features. The nature of syntactic contrast is tied to a fundamental question in generative syntactic theory: What is universal in syntax (and in language more generally), and what is variable? This volume explores the dual role of features, on the one hand defining a set of paradigmatic contrasts, and other the other hand acting as the building blocks of syntactic structures and the drivers of syntactic operations. In both roles, features are increasing ... More

Keywords: syntax, features, contrast, inflection, argument structure, syntactic theory

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817925
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bronwyn M. Bjorkman, editor
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Queen's University

Daniel Currie Hall, editor
Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Program in Linguistics, Saint Mary's University

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