Syntactic Analyticity:

the Other End of the Parameter



July 18 - Agust 5, 2005

C.-T. James Huang, Mamoru Saito and Andrew Simpson

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In this course we shall focus on a number of syntactic features commonly shared by East and Southeast Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Burmese and Thai), with an eye to highlighting the analytic aspects of these languages and considering them from a typological and parametric perspective. The specific topics to be covered include (a) argument structures and their syntactic projections and (b) wh-questions and other 'in-situ' dependency relations. We shall consider these and other related phenomena in detail, with the goal of treating them as manifestations of deeper principles and parameters of grammar.


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