The Cartography of Syntactic Structures

Guglielmo Cinque and Luigi Rizzi

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 The Cartography of Syntactic Structures

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Syntactic structures are complex objects, whose subtle properties have been highlighted and elucidated by half a century of formal syntactic studies, building on a much older tradition. Their cartography is an attempt to draw maps as precise and detailed as possible of syntactic configurations. Broadly constructed in this way, it is not an approach or a hypothesis, but a research topic asking the question: what are the right structural maps for natural language syntax? This chapter discusses the following: inventory of functional categories, comparative syntax and typology, cartography and minimalism; and hierarchies, syntax, and semantics.

Keywords: syntactic structures; cartography; natural language syntax; typology; minimalism; semantics

Article.  6832 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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