Clause Structure and Word Order in Hebrew and Arabic: An Essay in Comparative Semitic Syntax
Clause Structure and World Order in Hebrew and Arabic employs Chomsky's Government and Binding Approach to examine clausal architecture and verb movement in Hebrew and in several varieties of Arabic. Author Ur Shlonsky establishes an analysis of a number of syntactic configurations in Hebrew and then extends this analysis to certain aspects of Arabic clausal syntax. Through this comparative lens, Shlonsky aims to resolve a number of problems in Semitic syntax. His discussion leads to modifications in the formulation of some syntactic parameters, and his results generate novel and important conclusions concerning the patterning of negation, verb movement, the nature of participles, and the gamut of positions available to clausal subjects.
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ACC the-answer adjunction adverb affix AgrOP AgrP AgrPartP AgrS features AgrS0 AgrSP analysis argued aspectual AspP Belletti Benoni verb Borer c-commanded chapter checking Chomsky clausal subject clitic doubling Comp complement contrast Dani Daniela dialects direct object discussion etmol example expletive French future tense Gianni ha-tsuva ha-yladim Hebrew imperfect incorporation inflectional inflectional paradigm inversion Italian know the answer languages lexical licensed Mona morphological Neg0 negation negative head NegP nominative null auxiliary null subject languages null subjects NumP occur option paradigm participle pattern Peyn sentences phonetically postverbal subject predicate preposition present tense sentences projection Pron pronominal quantifier raise to AgrS0 referential Rina Rizzi Romance Ruti S-structure Semitic clitics sewing dresses Shlonsky Siloni small clause smalot Spec/AgrS Spec/T Standard Arabic structure subject agreement subject position suffixal syntactic tensed verb the-children third person trigger ungrammaticality verb movement verbal weak pronouns wh-movement yesterday Zayd