24.4902, Books: Strengthening the PRO Hypothesis: Reed

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Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:20:11
From: Linda Steglich [linda.steglich at degruyter.com]
Subject: Strengthening the PRO Hypothesis: Reed

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Title: Strengthening the PRO Hypothesis 
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 110  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/180089?format=G 


Author: Lisa A Reed

Electronic: ISBN:  9781614510413 Pages: 385 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9781614510420 Pages: 385 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Abstract:

The syntax of Control structures remains a topic of heated debate: Standard generative treatments continue to analyze them in terms of PRO, a hypothesis challenged in alternative syntactic frameworks, semantic circles, and even within the generative tradition itself. This book:

(a) examines empirical paradigms currently assumed to favor a PRO approach over competing theories, demonstrating that alternative approaches offer equally plausible treatments of these facts;

(b) develops five novel arguments amenable to analysis only within a PRO approach;

(c) puts forth a radically revised PRO approach to Control according to which PRO continues to be analyzed as a non-expletive nominal, but one lacking phi- and Case features in the computational component. Contra standard theory, PRO is argued to never undergo movement to a position even as high as the first NegP that dominates its initial merge position. Furthermore, Control complements are shown to take the form of such diverse categories as CP, IP, vP and VP; and

(d) considers how a syntactically phi-featureless noun comes to be understood to bear phi-features, as well as how tense limits PRO’s distribution in a here-to-fore unnoticed fashion. 



Linguistic Field(s): Generative Linguistics
                     Linguistic Theories
                     Syntax


Written In: English  (eng)

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