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Parameter Hierarchies and Universal Grammar

Ian Roberts


This book develops a minimalist approach to cross-linguistic morphosyntactic variation. The principal claim is that the essential insight of the principles-and-parameters approach to variation can be maintained—albeit in a somewhat different guise—in the context of the minimalist programme for linguistic theory. The central idea is to organize the parameters of Universal Grammar (UG) into hierarchies which define the ways in which properties of individually variant categories and features may act in concert. The hierarchies define macro-, meso-, and microparameters as a function of the positio ... More

Keywords: parameter, Universal Grammar, word order, null subject, incorporation, verb-movement, case, wh-movement, negation, linguistic theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804635
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804635.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Roberts, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Cambridge