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Adverb Placement: A case study in antisymmetric syntax by Artemis Alexiadou

By Artemis Alexiadou

This monograph investigates a couple of imperative concerns within the Syntax of Adverbs with targeted connection with Greek within the gentle of Kayne's (1994) Antisymmetry speculation. It examines the stipulations at the placement of a number of the adverb varieties, their licensing necessities, and their relation to adjectives. the writer advances an research in response to which adverbs are approved as Specifiers of practical projections within the clausal area. As such, they input an identical relation with the proper gains of the respective useful head. Adverbs are both at once merged on the suitable useful projection (for example Aspectual and Speaker orientated adverbs) or then again they're moved to this place from the supplement area of the verb (for example demeanour adverbs). moreover, the quantity examines the phenomenon of Adverb Incorporation. it really is proposed that Incorporation is compulsory for these vice chairman inner Adverbs that are 'structuraly non-complex' in Chomsky's 1995 phrases. eventually, the similarities and alterations among adverbs and adjectives, clausal and nominal constitution are investigated and a couple of asymmetries among the 2 are highlighted.

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This adjunction takes place at some stage before Spell-Out. Consider the strings in (27): (27) a. Probably, George read this book b. George probably read this book c. *George read probably the book d. George read the book, probably In the above examples bending and adjunction take place which, according to Âfarli, derive the various adverbial orderings. It is assumed that the adverbial phrase is attached to the upper functional projection of the clause. Moreover, Âfarli argues that so-called object and subject shift phenomena, as the ones discussed in Jonas & Bobaljik (1993) can be re-interpreted as involving adverbial shift and obligatory movement of the subject and the object to AgrSP and AgrOP, respectively.

Deficient elements are morphologically reduced with regard to strong ones. e. thematic positions, in dislocation, and in cleft constructions. Only strong elements can be coordinated and modified. Only deficient elements may prosodically restructure, for example, they form a single prosodic unit with an adjacent lexical element. Only strong elements bear their own range restriction, deficient ones are non-referential. Crucially, there are three grammatical classes (cf. 34). e. 15 Weak and srong elements occupy XP positions, clitic ones X o positions.

Consider (7) where an example involving further adjunction of a non-head to a non-head is illustrated: L asymmetrically c-commands Q and at the same time M asymmetrically ccommands K, so and are both in the d(A) of the structure, violating antisymmetry. Hence, Kayne concludes that a given phrase can have only one specifier. e. it is interpreted as 'precede' or 'follow'. Kayne argues for the relation of precedence as a basis of several phenomena, and the reader is referred to his monograph for a more detailed illustration.

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