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Modularity and Chinese A-not-A Questions

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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language

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In theoretical linguistics, a common type of explanation takes the form of a proposal that ties together observed similar phenomena whose related-ness would otherwise be obscured. The generative treatment of passive sentences and their active counterparts is a simple example, according to which the observed similarities between such constructions (with respect to their ‘argument structure’, etc.) are explained given the idea that they have a common or similar D-structure source. Chomsky’s Subjacency is another example, as it ties together a number of Ross’ island constraints, thus providing an explanation for their clustering in a way that the individual constraints do not.

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Huang, CT.J. (1991). Modularity and Chinese A-not-A Questions. In: Georgopoulos, C., Ishihara, R. (eds) Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-3818-5_16

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