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Title: Reindexing and some asymmetries in Universal Grammar
Author(s): Chen, Chun-Yin Doris
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Kisseberth, Charles W.
Department / Program: Linguistics
Discipline: Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Language, Linguistics
Abstract: The goal of the present study is to explore Chomsky's proposal in Barriers (Chomsky (1986a)) that the ECP can be reduced to a single condition, namely, antecedent government, by examining some asymmetries, such as subject/object asymmetries, superiority effects, and that-trace effects. I claim that the Reindexing Principle is a parameter, which accounts for the differences among languages with regard to the above typological asymmetries, together with some principles of feature percolation.The Minimality Barrier Condition, as in Chomsky (1986), is modified in this work; namely, a minimality barrier must be a functional category, which has two types of features, F-features and T-features. F-features, which are discharged to Spec of a functional category, will trigger move $\alpha$. T-features, however, are not dischargeable.Languages are divided into two classes with respect to the Reindexing Principle in this work. Languages in Class I, including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian, are marked (+Reindexing), so they do not exhibit the above asymmetries. However, languages in Class II, including English and French, are marked ($-$Reindexing), so they do exhibit all the asymmetries. The present study differs from Koopman and Sportiche (1988) and Wible (1990), in which a theta-theoretic account is given for the above asymmetries. In these accounts, the absence of subject/object asymmetries in some languages is due to the fact that subjects are assumed to be base-generated in the VP, and, therefore, are governed by V. However, antecedent government is favored in this work.This work also discusses case assignment in ECM and passive constructions. It is argued that an embedded CP will not be a barrier for case assignment of Spec of IP.
Issue Date: 1991
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/20651
Rights Information: Copyright 1991 Chen, Chun-Yin Doris
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9210761
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9210761
 

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