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Principles and Parameters in a VSO Language
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Principles and Parameters in a VSO Language: A Case Study in Welsh

Ian G. Roberts

Abstract

This work provides an analysis of word order and clause structure in Welsh, within the context of a minimalist version of principles and parameters theory. The central issue is the analysis of VSO order, the only unmarked clausal order in Welsh. The question is: which values of which parameters of Universal Grammar determine VSO order? Behind this basic descriptive goal, there are two theoretical questions. The first has to do with the conditions of adequacy on parameters: these must be both typologizable and learnable. The second concerns the Extended Projection Principle (EPP). Developing th ... More

Keywords: particles, complementizers, adequacy on parameters, long head-movement, Breton, Celtic languages, Extended Projection Principle, split-C system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168211.001.0001

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Ian G. Roberts, author
University of Cambridge
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