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Roberts, Ian G.

Works: 133 works in 563 publications in 1 language and 16,172 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Handbooks and manuals  History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Creator, Printer, Contributor, Publishing director, htt, Dedicatee
Classifications: P291, 415
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Most widely held works by Ian G Roberts
Syntactic change : a minimalist approach to grammaticalization by Ian G Roberts( )

37 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The phenomenon of grammaticalization - the historical process whereby new grammatical material is created - has attracted a great deal of attention within linguistics. This is an attempt to provide a general account of this phenomenon in terms of a formal theory of syntax. Using Chomsky's Minimalist Program for linguistic theory, Roberts and Roussou show how this approach gives rise to a number of important conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the nature of functional categories and the form of parameters, as well as the relation of both of these to language change. Drawing on examples from a wide range of languages, they construct a general account of grammaticalization with implications for linguistic theory and language acquisition
Clause structure and language change by Adrian Battye( )

23 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of previously unpublished papers on a specific topic in historical linguistics - clause structure, an issue of central importance since the pioneering work in the late 1980s by Chomsky and Pollock. The collection testifies to the recent renewal of interest in questions of diachronic syntax, a consequence of the new emphasis on comparative issues in the principles and parameters framework. Languages studied in this volume include all the major Romance and Germanic languages
Diachronic syntax by Ian G Roberts( )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text considers syntactic change from the perspective of generative theory. It explains how diachronic generative theory may be used in the study of linguistic change in different languages & shows how diachronic generative syntax links with the study of first-language acquisition, computional linguistics & sociolinguistics
Noam Chomsky and language descriptions( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For sale in all countries except Japan. For customers in Japan: please contact Yushodo Co. The general aim of the Senshu University Project The Development of the Anglo-Saxon Language and Linguistic Universals is investigation of structural characteristics common to the Germanic languages, such as English, German and Norwegian, and of works on and in the tradition of Generative Grammar founded by Noam Chomsky in the 1950s. The central idea of Generative Grammar, that the nature of natural-language syntax can be captured by a finite set of rules which are able to produce an infinite set of well-
Challenges to Linearization( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The still largely mysterious question of how hierarchical linguistic structures are converted into sequentially ordered linear strings is the challenging problem at the heart of this volume. The ten contributions approach it from a range of angles, considering both specific empirical challenges in spoken and signed languages, and broader architectural and typological questions. This volume will be of interest to advanced students and researchers with interests in the externalisation of linguistic structure, the architecture of the language faculty and linguistic typology
The representation of implicit and dethematized subjects by Ian G Roberts( )

29 editions published between 1901 and 2011 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I speak, therefore I am : seventeen thoughts about language by Andrea Moro( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In I Speak, Therefore I Am, the Italian linguist and neuroscientist Andrea Moro composes an album of his favorite quotations from the history of linguistics, beginning with the Book of Genesis and the power of naming and concluding with Noam Chomsky's metaphor that language is a snowflake. Moro's seventeen linguistic thoughts and his commentary on them display the humanness of language: our need to name and interpret this world and create imaginary ones, to express and understand ourselves. This book is sure to delight anyone who enjoys the ineffable paradox that is human language. --
Locality by Enoch Oladé Aboh( )

19 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Locality' offers a range of new perspectives on an important aspect of syntactic movement. The papers collected here explore locality in two ways: the first section approaches locality in terms of pure syntax; the second approaches it in terms of psycholinguistics
Agreement and head movement : clitics, incorporation, and defective goals by Ian G Roberts( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""In Agreement and Head Movement, Roberts has one major goal in mind: to show that head movement, which at times has been relegated to PF, in fact belongs in narrow syntax with phrasal movement. From the huge literature on the topic, he distills the most essential elements in order to develop a highly sophisticated analysis; and he marshals evidence for it from a remarkable range of languages. Whether one agrees with him or not, this is a work that absolutely cannot be ignored. Its achievement puts it alongside Baker's study of incorporation in the scope and depth of inquiry into how heads interact with other heads and phrases."--Shigeru Miyagawa, MIT"--Jacket
Principles and parameters in a VSO language : a case study in Welsh by Ian G Roberts( )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Syntax of the Celtic languages : a comparative perspective by Robert D Borsley( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1996 volume brings together ten chapters on the Celtic languages using the insights of principles-and-parameters theory. The leading researchers in the field examine Welsh, Irish, Breton and Scots Gaelic in comparative perspective, making reference to recent work on English, French, Arabic, German and other languages. The editors have provided a substantial introduction which seeks to make the volume accessible to theoreticians unfamiliar with the Celtic languages and also to Celtic specialists who are less familiar with the theoretical framework underpinning the work. The Syntax of the Celtic Languages makes a substantial contribution both to linguistic theory and to our understanding of the Celtic languages
The wonders of language : or How to make noises and influence people by Ian G Roberts( Book )

20 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ian Roberts offers a stimulating introduction to our greatest gift as a species: our capacity for articulate language. We are mostly as blissfully unaware of the intricacies of the structure of language as fish are of the water they swim in. We live in a mental ocean of nouns, verbs, quantifiers, morphemes, vowels and other rich, strange and deeply fascinating linguistic objects. This book introduces the reader to this amazing world. Offering a thought-provoking and accessible introduction to the main discoveries and theories about language, the book is aimed at general readers and undergraduates who are curious about linguistics and language. Written in a lively and direct style, technical terms are carefully introduced and explained and the book includes a full glossary. The book covers all the central areas of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics"--
Verbs and diachronic syntax : a comparative history of English and French by Ian G Roberts( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book analyses the development of a number of English and French constructions involving various kinds of subject-verb inversion. The analysis is framed in terms of the principles-and-parameters approach to syntactic theory, and provides strong support for the adoption of this approach in the description and explanation of language change. The book falls into three parts. The first presents an overall framework for the analysis of inversion constructions and motivates, on the basis of synchronic data, several parameters which distinguish among the various Romance and Germanic languages. The second part shows how several near-simultaneous syntactic changes in the history of French can be explained as a change in one of the parameters introduced in Chapter One. A notable aspect of this analysis is the way in which the distribution of null subjects is shown to relate to verb-placement. The third part of the book treats verb-movement in the history of English, arguing in detail that the attested changes in this area are due to a change in the internal structure of `Infl', a proposal which has important ramifications for the theory of functional heads. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed on the theoretical questions raised by language change. In this connection the two notions of diachronic reanalysis and parametric change are distinguished. Verbs and Diachronic Syntax will interest all theoretical linguists as well as specialists in the history of English, history of French, Germanic philology and Romance philology
The Oxford handbook of universal grammar by Ian G Roberts( Book )

19 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This handbook provides a critical guide to the most central proposition in modern linguistics: the notion, generally known as Universal Grammar, that a universal set of structural principles underlies the grammatical diversity of the world's languages. Part I considers the implications of Universal Grammar for philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, and examines the history of the theory. Part II focuses on linguistic theory, looking at topics such as explanatory adequacy and how phonology and semantics fit into Universal Grammar. Parts III and IV look respectively at the insights derived from UG-inspired research on language acquisition, and at comparative syntax and language typology, while part V considers the evidence for Universal Grammar in phenomena such as creoles, language pathology, and sign language. The book will be a vital reference for linguists, philosophers, and cognitive scientists. --
Comparative syntax by Ian G Roberts( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond principles and parameters : essays in memory of Osvaldo Jaeggli by Kyle Johnson( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Maria Luisa Zubizarreta argues that inverted subjects in Spanish occupy a different structural position than the parallel inverted subjects of French or Italian, and relates this to other differences in the principles of word-order these languages obey. Finally, the articles by Mamoru Saito & Keiko Murasugi, Hagi Borer and Hilda Koopman all touch on the rapidly developing syntax of Determiner Phrases. Together these articles represent the on-going transition from models of syntactic variation that employ static sets of principles with open parameters in them."--Jacket
The Cambridge Handbook of historical syntax( Book )

14 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Syntax is an indispensable part of the study of grammaticalization but initially it was backgrounded in comparison to the above-mentioned fields. This has something to do with the intellectual environment in which modern grammaticalization studies emerged. The study of grammaticalization was part of a movement that revolted against the overwhelming dominance of generative linguistics in theoretical linguistics of the 1960s and early 1970s, which seemingly tried to reduce the study of language to the statement of syntactic (and, perhaps, phonological) rules. Generative syntax was perceived as the extreme off-shoot of structuralism, and scholars were looking for paradigms countering or offering an alternative to structuralism and structuralist analysis"--
Parameter hierarchies and universal grammar by Ian G Roberts( )

10 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Ian Roberts argues that the essential insight of the principles-and-parameters approach to variation can be maintained - albeit in a somewhat different guise - in the context of the minimalist programme. The book represents a significant new contribution to the formal study of cross-linguistic morphosyntactic variation
The final-over-final condition : a syntactic universal by Michelle Sheehan( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents evidence for a universal word order constraint, the Final-Over-Final Condition (FOFC), and discusses the theoretical implications of this phenomenon. FOFC is a syntactic condition that disallows structures where a head-initial phrase is contained in a head-final phrase in the same extended projection/domain. The authors argue that FOFC is a linguistic universal, not just a strong tendency, and not a constraint on processing. They discuss the effects of the universal in various domains, including the noun phrase, the adjective phrase, the verb phrase, and the clause. The book draws on data from a wide range of languages including Hindi, Turkish, Basque, Finnish, Afrikaans, German, Hungarian, French, English, Italian, Romanian, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Pontic Greek, Bagirmi, Dholuo, and Thai. FOFC, the authors argue, is important because it is the only known example of a word order asymmetry pertaining to the order of heads. As such, it has significant repercussions for theories connecting the narrow syntax to linear order. Book jacket
Syntactic variation : the dialects of Italy( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The study of Romance languages can tell us a great deal about sentence structure and its variation in general. Focusing on the dialects of Italy - including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily - the authors explore three thematic areas: the nominal domain, the verbal domain and the left periphery of the clause. The book gives fresh attention to the dialects, arguing that they offer an unprecedented degree of variation (not found, for example, in Germanic languages). Analysing a host of new data, the authors show how the dialects can be used as a test-bed for investigating and challenging received ideas about language structure and change. Coherent and wide-ranging, this is a vital resource for those working in syntactic theory, historical linguistics, and Romance languages"--Provided by publisher
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Syntactic change : a minimalist approach to grammaticalization
Clause structure and language changeDiachronic syntaxNoam Chomsky and language descriptionsAgreement and head movement : clitics, incorporation, and defective goalsPrinciples and parameters in a VSO language : a case study in WelshThe Syntax of the Celtic languages : a comparative perspectiveVerbs and diachronic syntax : a comparative history of English and FrenchComparative syntax
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