Chapter

Cyclicity

Juan Uriagereka

in Spell‐Out and the Minimalist Program

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593521
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731402 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593521.003.0005
Cyclicity

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This chapter marks a case for cyclicity conditions at several levels, all of which seem compatible, although they might originate from different causes. The first situation analyzed involves compounds, and the reason to go into cyclicity considerations is raised by the difficulty of characterizing, in Bare Phrase Structure terms, what is the head of a compound. It examines to what extent compounds themselves are productive in a language like English, or whether the alleged productivity arises in instances that would show it is actually to be discharged into less intriguing specifications of the phrasal sort (nominal modification). It also suggests that parametric conditions may arise for cyclicities of the MSO form, based on whether null arguments are permitted in any given language.

Keywords: cyclicity; compounds; Bare Phrase Structure; MSO system; language

Chapter.  15303 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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