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Eight Possible Paper Topics on Chamorro and Related Languages

Eight Possible Paper Topics on Chamorro and Related Languages Review Article Eight Possible Paper Topics on Chamorro and Related Languages Lisa Travis mcgill university Sandra Chung. 1998. The design of agreement: Evidence from Chamorro. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 423 pp. 1. INTRODUCTION. Sandra Chung’s book, The Design of Agreement: Evi- dence from Chamorro, is not for the faint-hearted. As a comment on the jacket sug- gests, there is material for both “specialists” (presumably theoretical syntacticians) and “nonspecialists interested in Chamorro or language in general.” Twenty years of ²eldwork and even more years of research in theoretical syntax yields a rich mixture. Specialists must be prepared to enter a very detailed world of Chamorro data where slight variations in the morphology point to large underlying differ- ences in constructions (whether or not a wh-phrase moves through or skips over a Spec position), restrictions on pronouns interact with coordination and the licens- ing of negative concord in such a way that subjects act structurally high and low simultaneously at S-structure. Possibly one can get by just reading the prose, skip- ping the examples, accepting the generalizations, and simply concentrate on the conclusions and the account, but then much of the brilliance of the ²eldwork pre- sented http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Eight Possible Paper Topics on Chamorro and Related Languages

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 39 (1) – Jan 6, 2000

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Review Article Eight Possible Paper Topics on Chamorro and Related Languages Lisa Travis mcgill university Sandra Chung. 1998. The design of agreement: Evidence from Chamorro. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 423 pp. 1. INTRODUCTION. Sandra Chung’s book, The Design of Agreement: Evi- dence from Chamorro, is not for the faint-hearted. As a comment on the jacket sug- gests, there is material for both “specialists” (presumably theoretical syntacticians) and “nonspecialists interested in Chamorro or language in general.” Twenty years of ²eldwork and even more years of research in theoretical syntax yields a rich mixture. Specialists must be prepared to enter a very detailed world of Chamorro data where slight variations in the morphology point to large underlying differ- ences in constructions (whether or not a wh-phrase moves through or skips over a Spec position), restrictions on pronouns interact with coordination and the licens- ing of negative concord in such a way that subjects act structurally high and low simultaneously at S-structure. Possibly one can get by just reading the prose, skip- ping the examples, accepting the generalizations, and simply concentrate on the conclusions and the account, but then much of the brilliance of the ²eldwork pre- sented

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Published: Jan 6, 2000

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