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Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework$
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M. Carme Picallo

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702894.001.0001

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Introduction: Syntactic variation and Minimalist inquiries

Introduction: Syntactic variation and Minimalist inquiries

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Syntactic variation and Minimalist inquiries
Linguistic Variation in the Minimalist Framework
M. Carme Picallo
Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter offers a general overview of the main topics being investigated in the field of syntactic variation from a minimalist perspective. It introduces the different approaches adopted by the contributors in their studies of the various language variation phenomena looked at in the volume, including the role of macro‐ and micro‐parameters; feature organization; the explicitness (or lack of it) that should be assumed with respect to the conditions imposed by narrow syntax; and whether language variation can be ascribed to socio‐linguistic factors, language contact, frequency of use, or simply to options in the externalization of abstract syntactic relations.

Keywords:   externalization, feature, macro‐parameter, micro‐parameter, syntactic variation, narrow syntax

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