Comparative syntax

Richard S. Kayne

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    Comparative syntax in all its range can be seen as a window on the language faculty that is just beginning to bear fruit. Although comparative syntax is interested in delineating the parameters that underlie cross-linguistic syntactic differences, the primary importance of comparative syntax lies in the fact that it provides us with new kinds of evidence bearing on questions concerning the general character of the language faculty. Figuring out what cross-linguistic generalizations hold and why exactly they hold will invariably help us to narrow down the set of hypotheses that we entertain about the language faculty.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)132-151
    Number of pages20
    StatePublished - Jun 2013


    • Acceptability judgment
    • Comparative syntax
    • Dialect
    • Micro-comparative
    • Number of languages
    • Parameter

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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