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Phi Theory Phi-Features Across Modules and Interfaces by Daniel Harbour

Phi Theory Phi-Features Across Modules and Interfaces

Part of the Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics Series


Phi Theory Phi-Features Across Modules and Interfaces by Daniel Harbour

Phi-features, such as person, number, and gender, present a rare opportunity for syntacticians, morphologists and semanticists to collaborate on a research enterprise in which they all have an equal stake and which they all approach with data and insights from their own fields. This volume is the first to attempt to bring together these different strands and styles of research. It presents the core questions, major results, and new directions of this emergent area of linguistic theory and shows how Phi Theory casts light on the nature of interfaces and the structure of the grammar. The book will interest scholars and students of all aspects of linguistic theory at graduate level and above.


a remarkable contribution. * Hedde Zeijlstra, The Journal of Linguistics *

About the Author

Daniel Harbour is a Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. His primary research interest is features, from interpretation to pronunciation. His publications include Morphosemantic Number (Springer 2007) and An Intelligent Person's Guide to Atheism (Duckworth 2001). David Adger is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London. He is author of Core Syntax (OUP 2003) and co-editor of the journal Syntax. His publications on syntax and its interfaces with other components of the grammar include articles in Language, Linguistic Inquiry and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. Susana Bejar is a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Her research investigates complexity in morphosyntactic systems. Her book, Phi-Syntax: A Theory of Agreement, is in preparation for publication in this series.

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Publication date

1st May 2008


Daniel Harbour

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Oxford University Press


392 pages


Grammar, syntax & morphology
Semantics, discourse analysis, etc



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