Syntactic architecture and its consequences II: Between syntax and morphology

András Bárány   Theresa Biberauer   Jamie Douglas   Sten Vikner  


This volume collects novel contributions to comparative generative linguistics that “rethink” existing approaches to an extensive range of phenomena, domains, and architectural questions in linguistic theory. At the heart of the contributions is the tension between descriptive and explanatory adequacy which has long animated generative linguistics and which continues to grow thanks to the increasing amount and diversity of data available to us.

The chapters address research questions in comparative morphosyntax, including the modelling of syntactic categories, relative clauses, and demonstrative systems. Many of these contributions show the influence of research by Ian Roberts and collaborators and give the reader a sense of the lively nature of current discussion of topics in morphosyntax and morphosyntactic variation.

This book is complemented by volume I available at and volume III available at


  • Rethinking universality
    Jeffrey Watumull, Noam Chomsky
  • Reconciling linguistic theories on comparative variation with an evolutionarily plausible language faculty
    Kleanthes K. Grohmann, Evelina Leivada
  • Rethinking Remerge
    Merge, movement and music
    Hedde Zeijlstra
  • Life without word classes
    On a new approach to categorization
    István Kenesei
  • The Matrix
    Merge and the typology of syntactic categories
    Andrea Moro
  • On a difference between English and Greek and its theoretical significance
    George Tsoulas
  • Rethinking linearization
    Kyle Johnson
  • Rethinking the reach of categorical constraints
    The Final-over-Final Constraint and combinatorial variability
    Neil Myler
  • Rethinking restructuring
    Gereon Müller
  • Rethinking phrase structure
    Howard Lasnik, Zach Stone
  • Strong and weak “strict cyclicity” in phase theory
    Ángel J. Gallego
  • On the Coordinate Structure Constraint and the Adjunct Condition
    Željko Bošković
  • Re-thinking re-categorization
    Is ‘that’ really a complementizer?
    Ellen Brandner
  • Types of relative pronouns
    Evangelia Daskalaki
  • Rethinking relatives
    Jamie Douglas
  • V3 in urban youth varieties of Dutch
    Marieke Meelen, Khalid Mourigh, Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng
  • Rethinking passives
    The canonical GOAL passive in Dutch and its dialects
    Liliane Haegemann
  • Extraordinary second-position effects
    Moreno Mitrović
  • Person splits in Romance
    Implications for parameter theory
    M. Rita Manzini, Leonardo M. Savoia
  • High and low phases in Norwegian nominals
    Evidence from ellipsis, psychologically distal demonstratives and psychologically proximal possessives
    Kari Kinn
  • Rethinking microvariation in Romance demonstrative systems
    Adam Ledgeway
  • Preliminary notes on the Merge position of deictic, anaphoric, distal and proximal demonstratives
    Guglielmo Cinque



András Bárány

András Bárány is a post-doctoral researcher at Bielefeld University. He has previously worked at Leiden University, SOAS University of London and at the Linguistic Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His research deals with the cross-linguistic variation in morphosyntax and its limits, in particular in the domains of possession and the interaction of case and agreement. His work includes Person, case, and agreement (OUP, 2017) and articles in Glossa, Linguistic Inquiry and Studies in Language.

Theresa Biberauer

Theresa Biberauer is a Principal Research Associate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Cambridge, and also holds extraordinary professorships at Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Her research interests lie in synchronic and diachronic comparative syntax, Germanic linguistics, language acquisition and learnability, and language contact. Her major publications include Parametric Variation (CUP, 2010), The Final-over-Final Condition (MIT Press, 2017), and articles in Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Theoretical Linguistics, Journal of Semantics, and English Language and Linguistics.

Jamie Douglas

Jamie Douglas is a former research associate at the University of Cambridge. His PhD focused on the syntax of relative clauses, and his interests include syntactic theory, long-distance dependencies, linguistic typology and the evolution of language. His work has been published in Glossa and English Language and Linguistics.

Sten Vikner

Sten Vikner is professor in English linguistics at Aarhus University in Denmark. He also works on Danish, German and the other Germanic languages, mainly on syntax but also on morphology and semantics. The topics include verb positions, object shift, the left edge of the clause, and reflexives. His work has appeared in e.g. the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, Language, The Linguistic Review, Studia Linguistica, as well as in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Syntax and The Cambridge Handbook of Germanic Linguistics.

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May 15, 2020
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Bárány, András, Biberauer, Theresa, Douglas, Jamie & Vikner, Sten (eds.). 2020. Syntactic architecture and its consequences II: Between syntax and morphology. (Open Generative Syntax 10). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4081038


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