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Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

These monographs present new and original research beyond the scope of the article. We hope they will benefit our field by bringing to it perspectives that will stimulate further research and insight. Originally published in limited edition, the Linguistic Inquiry Monographs are now more widely available. This change is due to the great interest engendered by the series and by the needs of a growing readership.

An exploration of the architecture of the grammar, where conditions apply, and the nature of the lexical/functional split.

A compositional theory of verbal argument structure that explores how “noncore” arguments are introduced into argument structures and examines cross-linguistic variation in introducing arguments.

Optimal and Costly Computations
The Syntax of Predication, Predicate Inversion, and Copulas
Markedness and Word Structure
Focus and Quantification

Exploring the relevance of principles of optimization to the interface between syntax and semantics.

Hisatsugu Kitahara advances Noam Chomsky's Minimalist Program (1995) with a number of innovative proposals.

The core of the book is a detailed treatment of extraction, a focus of syntactic research since the early work of Chomsky and Ross.

A Radically Minimalist Theory

In Lexico-Logical Form, Michael Brody meticulously dissects aspects of the Principles and Parameters theory, pares away the extraneous, focuses on core issues, and recreates them in subtle and interesting ways.

It is standardly assumed that Universal Grammar (UG) allows a given hierarchical representation to be associated with more than one linear order. This book proposes a restrictive theory of word order and phrase structure that denies this assumption. According to this theory, phrase structure always completely determines linear order, so that if two phrases differ in linear order, they must also differ in hierarchical structure.

At the Syntax-Lexical Semantics Interface

Besides providing extensive support for David Perlmutter's hypothesis that unaccusativity is syntactically represented but semantically determined, this monograph contributes significantly to the development of a theory of lexical semantic representation and to the elucidation of the mapping from lexical semantics to syntax.

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