Some Aspects of Phrasal Movement in English and Polish

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The 1980s proved very fruitful for the development of generative-transformational theory of syntax. This decade was marked by the publication of many influential works but two of the most critical moments occurred at its beginning and its half way point. In 1980 Noam Chomsky published his paper "On Binding" followed by the classic "Lectures on Government and Binding" (LGB) in 1981 and "Some Concepts and Consequences of the Theory of Government and Binding" a year later. These three publications, especially LGB, became the corner stones of the government and binding framework adopted by generativists in the early 80s. The second breakthrough came in 1986 with the publication of "Knowledge of Language" (KOL) and "Barriers". These two works, especially the latter, were the culmination of years of research in the theories of bounding and government providing account for barrierhood of certain domains with respect to government and bounding. A highly parametrized version of the GB framework adopted in "Barriers" and KOL, often referred to as the theory of principles and parameters, allowed for a more principled study of languages other than English. These languages have recently occupied much attention of generative grammarians. The goal of this dissertation is to provide a detailed and coordinated analysis of various central phenomena of Polish syntax which result from the application of (mainly) syntactic phrasal movement. It is syntactic and LF movements that have been at the core of controversy over various formulations of the notions of bounding nodes, barriers and the Empty Category Principle (ECP) in recent literature.


Wydział Neofilologii: Instytut Filologii Angielskiej



Syntactic theory, Polish syntax, Generative theories




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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Biblioteka Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
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