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Generative Grammar and the Faculty of Language : Insights, Questions, and Challenges
Aquest treball proporciona una visio general dels aspectes clau actuals en el camp de la gramatica generativa: l’estudi de la facultat del llenguatge huma. Es tractaran algunes de les visions a queExpand
Local Instability: Split Topicalization and Quantifier Float in German
  • D. Ott
  • Mathematics
  • 31 August 2012
This monograph explores some consequences of the abandonment of phrase-structure grammar in favor of a Merge-based syntax, which dispenses with the notion of 'projection.' This reduced architectureExpand
An Ellipsis Approach to Contrastive Left-Dislocation
  • D. Ott
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistic Inquiry
  • 28 April 2014
TLDR
This article proposes a novel analysis of contrastive left-dislocation (CLD), a construction in which a left-peripheral XP precedes a complete clause containing a resuming element. Expand
The Evolution of I-Language: Lexicalization as the Key Evolutionary Novelty
  • D. Ott
  • Psychology
  • 30 September 2009
Comparative psychological research suggests that human and non-human minds comprise an array of encapsulated cognitive systems (‘core knowledge systems’). While most of these cognitive buildingExpand
Particles and Deletion
TLDR
A novel set of data involving modal particles in German that militates strongly against obligatory movement of ellipsis remnants, suggesting that deletion instead applies to independently generated surface forms, in a manner analogous to deaccenting. Expand
A Note on Free Relative Clauses in the Theory of Phases
  • D. Ott
  • Mathematics
  • Linguistic Inquiry
  • 19 January 2011
1. The problem The central question for the analysis of “headless” relative clauses, also known as free relatives (henceforth FRs), concerns the position of the wh-phrase (what in (1)), and inExpand
Stylistic Fronting as Remnant Movement
  • D. Ott
  • Computer Science
  • 1 April 2018
TLDR
This paper presents a novel analysis of the phenomenon of stylistic fronting in Icelandic, although SF has been claimed to exist in Faroese and perhaps other languages as well. Expand
Grammaticality, interfaces, and UG
  • D. Ott
  • Computer Science
  • 15 September 2010
Symmetric Merge and Local Instability: Evidence from Split Topics
In this paper, I argue against the standard analysis of so-called split topics in German as discontinuous noun phrases (van Riemsdijk 1989). Building in part on Fanselow 1988, I show that theExpand
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