By Andries W. Coetzee
Sep 08, 2012
Epstein, Samuel D., Hisatsugu Kitahara, Daniel T. Seely. (2012) Exploring phase based implications regarding clausal architecture. A case study: Why structural Case cannot precede theta. In Ángel J. Gallego, ed. Phases: Developing the Framework. Walter de Gruyter. p. 103-123.
Sam Epstein, Hisa Kitahara and Daniel Seely continue their long-standing collaboration with a joint publication in a new volume in the de Gruyter "Studies in Generative Grammar" series. As in all of their collaborative work, this chapter yet again addresses some of the fundamental principles of syntactic theory and human cognition. The far-reaching implications of their hypothesis is clear from the opening paragraph of their chapter:
There exists in contemporary theories of syntax a widely adopted hypothesis that syntactic representations of sentential phenomena exhibit a hierarchically organized clausal architecture. Essentially, there is the theta domain, above that the Case domain, and finally the scope domain. Why should this be true? Is it to be stipulated, or can aspects of clausal architecture be derived, within a level-free phase-based framework? More generally, might aspects of clausal architecture in mental representations be deduced from the architecture of UG and 3rd factor principles? We suggest that … the answer is yes.
If you want to learn more about the Epstein/Kitahara/Seely view on language and syntax in particular, you should come the 2013 LSA Institute hosted by our Department, where they will co-teach a course on "Derivational Approaches to Minimalist Syntax".