Phi-features and the Modular Architecture of Language: 81 by Milan Rezac

By Milan Rezac

This monograph investigates the modular structure of language in the course of the nature of "uninterpretable" phi-features: individual, quantity, gender, and Case. It presents new instruments and proof for the modular structure of the human language college, a foundational subject of linguistic examine. whilst it develops a brand new concept for one of many center concerns posed through the Minimalist software: the connection of syntax to its interfaces and the character of uninterpretable positive factors. The paintings units out to set up a brand new cross-linguistic phenomenon to review the foregoing, person-governed last-resort maintenance, which gives new insights into the character of ergative/accusative Case and of Case licensing itself. this can be the 1st monograph that explicitly addresses the syntactic vs. morphological prestige of uninterpretable phi-features and their dating to interface platforms similarly, drawing on person-based interactions between arguments as key data-base.

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