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The Landscape of Applicatives

The present thesis is concerned with the syntax of constructions variously referred to as ‘applicative’, ‘ditransitive’, or ‘multiple object’ constructions: constructions that contain arguments that transcend the traditional subject-object characterization… Contents CHAPTER ONE Introduction CHAPTER TWO Applicatives: The lay of the land

Universal quantification in Chinese

The research is based on Japanese Sinology of “Water Margin”, in which the thesis mainly focuses on three Japanese Sinologists, Ogawa Tamaki, Miyazaki Ichisada and Chubachi Masakazu. This research thus contains three parts that in each the viewpoints of them are discussed

Alternative Directions for Minimalist Inquiry: Expanding and Contracting Phases of Derivation

This dissertation develops novel derivational mechanics for characterizing the syntactic component of human language — Tree Contraction Grammar (TCG). TCG falls within a general class of derivationally-oriented minimalist approaches, constituting a version of a Multiple Spell Out (MSO-)system (Chomsky 1999, Uriagereka 1999,