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By M. Rita Manzini, Leonardo M. Savoia

Grammatical different types (e.g. complementizer, negation, auxiliary, case) are one of the most vital development blocks of syntax and morphology. Categorization for that reason poses basic questions on grammatical constructions and in regards to the lexicon from which they're outfitted. Adopting a 'lexicalist' stance, the authors argue that lexical goods usually are not epiphenomena, yet particularly symbolize the mapping of sound to which means (and vice versa) that classical conceptions suggest. Their rule-governed mix creates phrases, words and sentences - based by way of the 'categories' which are the thing of the current inquiry. They argue that the excellence among practical and non-functional different types, among content material phrases and inflections, isn't really as deeply rooted in grammar as is usually proposal. of their argumentation they lay the emphasis on empirical facts, drawn in most cases from dialectal version within the Romance languages, in addition to from Albanian.

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In particular, the cartographic model, which aims at an empirical coverage comparable to ours, is associated with a trend towards finer-grained phrase structure. In a sense, such an approach is simply what the empirical evidence requires€– and in this sense we share it. At the same time, in the specific implementation of the cartographic programme presented, say, by Rizzi (1997, 2001, 2004), the fine articulation of syntactic structure derives from the postulation of specialized hierarchies of functional categories.

D’. ’ Chiâ•… ti chiediâ•… perchèâ•… nonâ•… abbiano potuto vedere? ’ The fact that (32b) patterns with (32a) may simplify our task with respect to the distinction between factive and non-factive complements, since we may not need to worry about providing different structures for them. But the clear contrast between (32a) and (32d) raises the question of whether they shouldn’t both be blocked as instances of complex NP islands. 1 concerning the admissibility of long-distance operator material in the left periphery of sentences vs.

Benincà (2001) further connects the well-formedness of (45) to a ‘rhetorical question’ interpretation, implying 42â•… Romance complementizers:€structure & interpretation ‘a negative answer’. We are not sure that this is the correct characterization of rhetorical questions, which seem to correspond more generally to questions that presuppose a certain answer, not necessarily a negative one (‘Who wants more money? ’). Even so, it seems to us that (45) need not be interpreted as a rhetorical question at all€– rather, it can be a genuine request for information.

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