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Tibor Kiss (tibor@heidelbg.ibm.com)
Fri, 15 May 1998 08:58:54 +0200


Hi everybody, just an add-on to Craig's summary on configurations. Some time in the late 80s people like Fukui, Speas and Abney (and others afterwards, Fukui's thesis is published without changes by CSLI) thought about redefining the configurationality issue not in terms of the tree structures of the lexical categories (i.e. is OBJ a sister of V, while SUBJ is not) because this was shown to be problematic for apparently non-confi-langs like japanese (binding theory inter alia) but in terms of the relation between lexical and 'functional' categories like I and D. In this sense, an important property of a configurational language was movement of subj to SPEC_IP, indepedent of the base structure of the subject (being sister of V or VP) (I am not sure w.r.t. the reference of Carl's 'nowadays', because every subject in every language is sister to VP prior to movement to I.). Also, configurationality was related to the question whether a projection level (X') could be iterated or not (XP). This started out quite promising for some time but then unfortunately, Pollock extended the picture to AgrS etc and then Gert W. and Tibor decided to leave the building. Best Tibor P.S.: Tibor's emails are never unsolicited. -- =============================================================== PD Dr. Tibor Kiss, IBM Germany WT, Vangerowstr. 18 D-69115 Heidelberg, +49-6221-594483 -3400 (fax) Alles was man sagen kann, kann man klar sagen. ===============================================================


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