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Published: 28 September 2017

704 Pages


ISBN: 9780190630225

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Dravidian Syntax and Universal Grammar

K.A. Jayaseelan and R. Amritavalli

Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

  • Includes the widely cited paper, "IP-internal Topic and Focus phrases," whose analysis of the "middle field" of clauses in OV languages has substantially advanced our understanding of the structure of these languages.
  • The proposals that Dravidian has no Tense projection (Chapter 14, "Finiteness and negation in Dravidian") and that the Dravidian C-domain has fewer positions than the C-domain of European languages (Chapter 16, "Coordination, relativization and finiteness in Dravidian") are important ideas for the central concerns of syntactic cartography.
  • The approach to understanding quantifiers through their morphology (Chapter 8, "Comparative morphology of quantifiers") has drawn much appreciative attention in the literature on quantifiers.
  • "The genesis of syntactic categories and parametric variation" (Chapter 19) is widely cited for being one of the earliest papers to claim that lexical categories are not primitives of Grammar but are generated by category-making operations in the syntax. This idea has gained acceptability and credence in recent linguistics, and is very much in the spirit of Nanosyntax.