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Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives
TLDR
The problem of the lexical categories and the nature of the grammar and adpositions as functional categories are discussed.
The Polysynthesis Parameter
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Baker argues that polysynthetic languages are more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather they adopt a systematic way of representing predicate-argument relationships, parallel to but distinct from the system used for English.
The Syntax of Agreement and Concord
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This book develops a theory of the agreement processes found in language, and considers why verbs agree with subjects in person, adjectives agree in number and gender but not person, and nouns do not agree at all.
Thematic Roles and Syntactic Structure
One central task for any theory of grammar is to solve the so-called “linking problem”: the problem of discovering regularities in how the participants of an event are expressed in surface
The atoms of language: The mind''s hidden rules of grammar
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Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences.
Theta theory and the syntax of applicatives in Chichewa
Abbreviations used in the glosses in this article are: A, gender agreement; ABS, absolutive; APPL, applied affix; ASP, mood morpheme; EX, exclusive; HAB, habitual tense; OP, object prefix; PASS,
The Atoms of Language
TLDR
Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences.
Two modalities of case assignment: case in Sakha
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It is claimed that these two ways of assigning case are complementary, based on data from the Turkic language Sakha, and coexist not only in Universal Grammar, but even in the grammar of a single language.
On Dependent Ergative Case (in Shipibo) and Its Derivation by Phase
  • M. Baker
  • Linguistics
    Linguistic Inquiry
  • 20 July 2014
Focusing on the Shipibo language, I defend a simple ‘‘dependent case’’ theory of ergative case marking, where ergative case is assigned to the higher of two NPs in a clausal domain. I show how
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