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Oral Presentation for "When the grammar doesn’t mind which Merge it chooses"

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posted on 12.05.2021, 21:43 by Andreas Blümel, Nobu Goto, Yushi Sugimoto
This talk was presented on 2021 April 8 - 11 at the 39th meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.

Provided abstract:
This paper proposes that the clausal functional lexical items v, T and C can enter the clause in the different ways in (1) by Set and Pair Merge:

(1)
a. [CP C [TP T [vP v . . . ]]] the analytical (e.g. English) type
b. [CP C [P . . . ]] the mixed (e.g. German) type
c. [P . . . ] the synthetic/agglutinative (e.g. Japanese) type

The proposal helps making sense of a number of the languages’ properties and gives rise to parameter-induced “clustering” effects.



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