The Nature and Function of Syntactic Categories


To paraphrase, of the making of syntactic categories there is no end. For any theory of syntax, questions arise about its classificatory scheme: what are the categories? What properties do they have? How do they relate to each other? Eleven essays address these questions by inquiring whether there is a clear distinction between lexical and functional categories, how syntactic categories relate to semantic categories, the relation between syntactic and morphological information, as well as other inquiries. Above all the essays highlight the centrality of questions about syntactic categories for a number of different theoretical frameworks. It discusses a broad range of questions about syntactic categories and presents a number of theoretical frameworks.

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R. D. Borsley, “Introduction”
R. Hudson, “Grammar without Functional Categories”
R. Cann, “Functional versus Lexical: A Cognitive Dichotomy”
D. Adger, “Feature Checking under Adjacency and VSO Clause Structure”
R. D. Borsley and J. Kornfilt, “Mixed Extended Projections”
R. Malouf, “Verbal Gerunds as Mixed Categories in HPSG”
A. Warner, “English Auxiliaries without Lexical Rules”
F. Newmeyer, “The Discrete Nature of Syntactic Categories: Against Prototype-Based Account”
R. Kempson, W. Meyer-Viol, and D. Gabbay, “Syntactic Computation as Labeled Deduction: WH-a Case Study”
M.-L. Rivero, “Finiteness and Second Position in Long Verb Movement Languages: Breton and Slavic”
A. Abeille and D. Godard, “French Word Order and Lexical Weight”
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