Comparative syntax: An HPSG perspective [chapter]

Robert D. Borsley
2020 Zenodo  
There has been little explicit discussion of comparative matters in the HPSG literature, but HPSG has a number of properties which make it relevant to comparative syntax. Firstly, it emphasizes detailed formal analyses, often incorporated into a computer implementation. This means that the framework provides firmer foundations than some other approaches for claims about individual languages and about language in general. Secondly, it stresses how little is really known about what is and is not
more » ... what is and is not possible in natural language syntax. Thirdly, it seeks to develop concrete analyses closely linked to the observable data, which keep the acquisition task as simple as possible and create as little need as possible for innate apparatus. These properties suggest that HPSG can make an important contribution to the comparative syntax.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3972833 fatcat:6wh3mmk34jgcvly5rfrpkoirsi