By Leah S. Bauke
This booklet is a examine monograph that explores the results of the most powerful minimalist thesis from an antisymmetric viewpoint. 3 empirical domain names are investigated: nominal root compounds in German and English, nominal gerunds in English and their German opposite numbers, and small clauses in Russian and English. some degree of symmetry that has the possibility of stalling the derivation emerges within the derivation of all of those structures. development on yes assumptions on how Merge works, this booklet exhibits that the issues of symmetry can all be resolved within the related manner; although the 3 empirical domain names below research are standardly derived from special structural configurations, similar to head-head merger in relation to root compounds, head-phrase merger because it arises from common complementation/predication buildings for nominal gerunds, and phrase-phrase merger in small clauses. This booklet is of curiosity to all researchers engaged on syntax and its interfaces.
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Roeper, Snyder & Hiramatsu (2002: 4) and Roeper & Snyder (2005: 160) formalize this in terms of a root compounding parameter. However, at the same time, there is a trend in recent work in minimalism to even go so far as to eliminate the last of the remaining macro-parameters (cf. Boeckx 2006: 81) or at least to reanalyze what has been cast in macro-parametric terms in terms of (syntactic or lexical) micro-parameters (cf. g. Biberauer et al. 2009; Starke 2010; Sheehan & Hinzen 2011; Roberts 2011b; and many many others).
Main stress falls on the first item in fixed compounds, while productive compounds with inflectional markers are characterized by level stress on both items. Hence, it is only natural that Garten in Gartenstuhl attracts main stress, while Kinder in Kindergarten receives the main stress in the other interpretation. Chapter 2. Nominal root compounds b. Salzbergwerk salt + mountain + manufacture ‘salt mine’ German c. Plastikspielzeugauto plastic + toy + car ‘plastic toycar’ German d. Fensterbankpolster window + bench + upholstery ‘upholstery for window sill’ German All of these compounds consist of three lexical items.
E. combat diver, man who sells frogs, man resembling a frog, man who knows an awful lot about frogs, ... The examples in (3) also illustrate the recursive character of nominal root compounds in Germanic. In Romance there exist hardly any (nominal) compounds that contain more than two elements; Roeper & Snyder (2005: 160) mention gateau forêt-noir as a notable exception, which clearly is a lexicalized form: (3) English: restaurant coffee cup, christmas tree cookie, peanut butter sandwich, baby doll napkin, student film committee, kumbaya moment strategy, bogeyman approach analysis, ...