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Functional Heads: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7

Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto


Ever since Chomsky’s Barriers, functional heads have been the privileged object of research in generative linguistics. But over the last two decades, two rival approaches have developed. The cartographic project considers evidence for a functional head in one language as evidence for it in universal grammar. On the other hand, minimalist accounts tend to consider structural economy as literally involving as few heads as possible. In the present volume, some of the most influential linguists who have participated in this long-lasting debate offer their recent work in short, self-contained case ... More

Keywords: Chomsky, Barriers, functional heads, universal grammar, case studies, grammaticalization, language change, morphosyntax

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Brugé, editor
University of Venice

Anna Cardinaletti, editor
University of Linguistics

Giuliana Giusti, editor
University of Venice


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Section 1 On the Cartography of Functional Structure

Section 2 On Movements and Constraints

Section 3 On the Nature of Functional Heads

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