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Heuristics for relative frequencies of grammatical features?

Unfortunately, little is known about the big questions touched here. At first sight, there seem to be enough languages in the world (approx. 6000) to use some statistical methods, but this is not easy ...
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Restrictions on Wh-movement

Successive cyclic wh-movement is motivated by theoretical principles of minimal computation, as well as empirical data. There's nothing inherently wrong with the 'one fell swoop' analysis, but cyclic ...
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How is there 'no node that c-commands B that A also c-commands'?

As already in other questions you had, I would recommend you just having a look at the definition again: X c-commands Y if X's sister either a) is Y or b) contains Y. This means that nodes can only ...
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How to Handle Conjunctions in Generative Syntax Tree without Abandoning Nontangling Condition

I will go on to mention Gazdar's theory of RNR constructions in Unbounded Dependencies and Coordinate Structure, since this is the only account I know of that is in some sense a solution. Gazdar ...
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How to Handle Conjunctions in Generative Syntax Tree without Abandoning Nontangling Condition

Your example is an RNR construction (short for "right node raising", which was Paul Postal's term). There is a good Wikipedia article on it, and a good discussion in The Syntactic Phenomena of ...
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What does this quote by Chomsky mean?

I suppose the first question is, what do you mean by "mean"? I assume you are asking about his communicative intent in the text, which part of a talk given at Loyola University (Chicago), ...
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Derivation of Passive according to Principles and Parameters (Jaeggli)

Consider this pair: (1) John ate an apple. (2) An apple was eaten (by John). In (1), the voice is active. Active voices in English have the argument structure of {Agent, V+Theme/patient etc.}. So, ...
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Derivation of Passive according to Principles and Parameters (Jaeggli)

Are you familiar with case theory and theta theory from GB? Basically the idea is that theta roles and case are always assigned in particular configurations. For instance, the complement of a verb ...
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Does UG supply default values for parameters (in P&P syntax)?

Some technicalities have been cruelly sacrificed for the sake of a partly-okay answer. From Chomsky & Lasnik (1993): Principles and Parameters theory is not a precisely articulated theoretical ...
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How to Handle Conjunctions in Generative Syntax Tree without Abandoning Nontangling Condition

Well, I was just looking for information about this and I could't found any example of a tree diagrama that explain coordinated sentences. I thought something similar (the same) to what shows the OP. ...
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