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Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order$
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Theresa Biberauer and Michelle Sheehan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684359.001.0001

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Why Are There No Directionality Parameters?

Why Are There No Directionality Parameters?

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(p.219) 8 Why Are There No Directionality Parameters?
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Theoretical Approaches to Disharmonic Word Order
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Richard S. Kayne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684359.003.0008

The human language faculty is antisymmetric, with consistent and exceptionless specifier–head–complement order, in part because probe–goal search shares the left-to-right directionality of production and parsing and in part because the merger of two phrases is unavailable. Many of the empirical arguments for antisymmetry involve cross-linguistic syntactic variation and thereby illustrate how such variation serves as a window on the principles of the language faculty.

Keywords:   antisymmetry, directionality, variation, probe, production, specifier, complement OV, precedence, symmetry

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