Diachronic stability and feature interpretability

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This contribution examines diachronic change in the Greek nominal phrase.<br />It proposes an analysis to capture the diachronic stability of certain syntactic<br />structures in the nominal domain, suggesting that points of stability reflect<br />macroparametric rather than microparametric choices, which are more<br />vulnerable to change and loss. Macroparametric choices are assumed to involve<br />choices pertaining to the presence versus absence in a grammar of functional<br />categories, while microparametric choices relate to the presence versus absence<br />of uninterpretable features on otherwise identical functional categories. The<br />difference in diachronic stability is linked to the generally “defective” status ofuninterpretable features in the human language faculty.


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