Universals and variation

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  • Editors: Jila Ghomeshi1, Ileana Paul2, and Martina Wiltschko3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027288950

This volume brings together recent work on the formal and interpretational properties of determiners across a variety of typologically and geographically unrelated languages. It seeks to answer the core question of modern linguistic theory: Which properties of languages are universal and which are variable? In recent theorizing, much of language variation is argued to stem from differences in the properties of features associated with functional heads. As such, this volume can be viewed as a case study of one such category: the determiner (D). The contributions all investigate the status of D as a language universal by examining the language-specific syntactic and semantic properties associated with this category. This volume will appeal to researchers and students in syntax and semantics, as well as to those who have more a specific interest in determiners and noun phrases.

Subjects: Generative linguistics; Theoretical linguistics; Syntax

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Manitoba; 2: University of Western Ontario; 3: University of British Columbia

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