Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French

Richard S. Kayne

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    Abstract

    This article provides background information on comparative syntax, focusing on the English and French languages. It evaluates the hypothesis that syntactic parameters are invariably features of functional elements and explains the concepts of microcomparative syntax and microparameters. The article investigates the number of parameters per functional element and suggests that comparative syntax is indispensable in attempts to understand the syntactic component of the human language faculty.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199940226
    ISBN (Print)9780195136517
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

    Keywords

    • Comparative syntax
    • English language
    • French language
    • Functional elements
    • Human language faculty
    • Syntactic parameters

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)

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