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Foundational Issues in Linguistic TheoryEssays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud$
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Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero, and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062787

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.001.0001

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Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory

Robert Freidin

David Michaels

Carlos P. Otero

Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

The MIT Press

Jean-Roger Vergnaud made significant contributions to linguistics through research, including his 1974 PhD dissertation on French restrictive relative clauses, as well as his work on movement and deletion. This book explores the fundamental importance of Case in syntactic theory and the major landmarks in the evolution of Case theory. It addresses a key issue in the theory of clause structure that also engages the interface between syntax and morphology: whether tense and verb are universally projected elements in every clause. It also considers the phasal analysis of syntactic derivations, reconstruction and successive cyclicity effects, resumptive pronouns and their impact on syntactic theory, the properties of a range of headed relative-clause constructions in Swiss German, ellipsis phenomena in natural language, the descriptive problems of reduplication, and the notion of contrast in phonology.

Keywords:   syntax, Jean-Roger Vergnaud, linguistics, relative clauses, Case theory, morphology, ellipsis, natural language, contrast, phonology

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