- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax
- Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French
- On the Grammatical Basis of Language Development: A Case Study
- Comparative Syntax and Language Disorders
- Object Shift, Verb Movement, and Verb Reduplication
- Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian
- On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance
- Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese
- Morphology and Word Order in “Creolization” and Beyond
- The Slavic Languages
- The Scandinavian Languages
- Noun Class, Gender, and the Lexicon-Syntax-Morphology Interfaces: A Comparative Study of Niger-Congo and Romance Languages
- Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Nonsubject Relative Clauses
- Quʼest-ce-que (<i>qu</i>)-<i>est-ce-que</i>?: A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax
- Clitic Placement, Grammaticalization, and Reanalysis in Berber
- Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View
- Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections
- Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects
- Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia
- The Celtic Languages
- Preverbal Elements in Korean and Japanese
- Continental West-Germanic Languages
- Language Index
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article presents a case study concerning the grammatical basis of language development. It discusses the trend for developmental research characterized by the use of sophisticated linguistic models of the principles and parameters/minimalism type, and by the adoption of the comparative perspective, with full use of the theoretical apparatus of modern comparative syntax. The article discusses topic drop and root subject drop and investigates why the root subject drop parameter appears to permit a delayed resetting on the negative value, thus giving rise to observable developmental effects.
Luigi Rizzi is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Siena in Italy. He has been on the faculty of several universities in Europe and the US, including MIT, the University of Geneva, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). His research focuses on syntactic theory and comparative syntax, with special reference to the theory of locality, the study of variation through parametric models, the cartography of syntactic structures, and the acquisition of syntax.
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