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Generative Linguistics in Táiwān

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Author(s): T.-H. Jonah LIN
1. A Brief History The founding of generative linguistics as a scholarly field in Táiwān should be accredited to the research and teaching of Ting-chi Tang (Tāng Tíngchí 湯廷池) and Kuang Mei (Méi Guǎng 梅廣) starting in 1973. Tang received a Ph.D. degree in linguistics in 1972 from the University of Texas at Austin (Tang 1972) and he has taught at National Taiwan Normal University, National Tsing Hua University, and various other institutions. Mei also received a Ph.D. degree in linguistics in 1972, fro…
Date: 2017-03-02

Light Verbs

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Author(s): T.-H. Jonah LIN
Traditionally, the term light verb refers to semantically bleached verbs such as take in English and suru ‘do’ in Japanese (Campbell 1989; Grimshaw and Mester 1988). It has acquired another meaning in syntactic theory as the head of a transitive predicate, represented as v (Chomsky 1995). The light verb v selects the external argument, heads a phase, agrees with the internal argument in phi-features (called the probe-goal relation), and assigns accusative case to the internal argument (Chomsky 2001, 2004). 1. John broke the window.   [IP … [ vP John v [VP break [NP the window]]]] In (1),…
Date: 2017-03-02