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Luis Eguren, Olga Fernandez-Soriano, and Amaya Mendikoetxea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190461737

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461737.001.0001

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Language variability in syntactic theory

Language variability in syntactic theory

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(p.49) Chapter 1 Language variability in syntactic theory
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Rethinking Parameters
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David Adger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190461737.003.0002

Morphosyntactic and syntactic variability is often ignored in syntactic theory. One reason has to do with assumptions about what variability is and how the interfaces between syntax, morphology, and semantics are configured. The chapter sketches out this argument and shows that the technology that Minimalist syntax currently employs to capture syntactic dependencies actually gives, for free, not only a technique for capturing intrapersonal variability, but also a means to model frequency effects in this domain.

Keywords:   syntactic variability, uninterpretable features, syntax-semantics interface, frequency effects

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