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Noun/Verb Asymmetries 1/2
Hilda Koopman (UCLA)

18 septembre 2006

Asymmetries between Ns and Vs (no raising to subject or raising to object within NPs, for example) have played an important role in the development of syntactic theory, cf. e.g. Chomsky, 1970) and are well documented. Yet these asymmetries remain largely unexplained. In these lectures, we will catalog these asymmetries, discuss some classic proposals in the literature to derive them (e.g. Kayne 1984’s unambiguous paths approach, or Chomsky’s 1986 theory of inherent case, (1986)), and explore if and how these asymmetries can be made to follow given the recent developments in our understanding of syntactic structures and what drives them.
Background readings:
Chomsky, N. 1970. "Remarks on Nominalizations," in R. Jacobs and P. Rosenbaum, P. (eds.) Readings in English Transformational Grammar. Waltham, MA: Blaisdell, pp. 184-221
Chomsky (1986) Knowledge of Language, Praeger, New York. (pp.186-204)
Kayne (1984) Connectedness and Binary Branching. Foris Publications, Dordrecht. Chapter 7: “Unambiguous Paths” (also in May and Koster (1981), Levels of syntactic representation, Foris Publications)
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in syntax (an introduction to syntax course)

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