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The Function of Function Words and Functional Categories


This volume brings together papers which address a range of issues regarding the syntax of function words and functional categories in the Germanic languages. The works offered in this volume derive specifically from comparative studies of Germanic; at the same time they all bear directly on long-standing problems in syntactic theory and universal grammar. The contributions include novel theoretical and empirical approaches to infinitives, the syntax and acquisition of Verb Second, the structure and interpretation of present tense, the syntax and semantics of reflexives, the relationship between expletive syntax and the EPP, the syntax of possession, and the DP-internal syntax of pronouns. Some contributions present the results of experimental research which provide an entirely fresh perspective on previously unchallenged claims.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Function of Function Words and Functional Categories
Verb second as a function of Merge
Nonnative acquisition of Verb Second: On the empirical underpinnings of universal L2 claims
Clause Union and Clausal Position
JosefBayer, TanjaSchmidandMarkusBader
Explaining Expl
Reflexives in contexts of reduced valency: German vs. Dutch
Simple Tense
Possessor licensing, definiteness and case in Scandinavian
Pronouns are Determiners After All

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