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Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French

Richard S. Kayne

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French

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This article provides background information on comparative syntax, focusing on the English and French languages. It evaluates the hypothesis that syntactic parameters are invariably features of functional elements and explains the concepts of microcomparative syntax and microparameters. The article investigates the number of parameters per functional element and suggests that comparative syntax is indispensable in attempts to understand the syntactic component of the human language faculty.

Keywords: comparative syntax; English language; French language; syntactic parameters; functional elements; human language faculty

Article.  23677 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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