Syntactic architecture and its consequences III: Inside syntax

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 develop novel insights into a number of core syntactic phenomena, such as the structure of and variation in diathesis, alignment types, case and agreement splits, and the syntax of null elements. Many of these contributions show the influence of research by Ian Roberts and collaborators and they provide varied perspectives on current research in synchronic and diachronic comparative syntax.

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


  • Voice morphology (mis)behaving itself
    Dalina Kallulli
  • Rethinking alignment typology
    Jan-Wouter Zwart, Charlotte Lindenbergh
  • Rethinking Structural Case
    Partitive Case in Sakha
    Mark C. Baker, Nadezhda Vinokurova
  • Rethinking the nature of nominative case
    Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou
  • Case and agreement in Brazilian Portuguese
    Between Bantu and Romance
    Charlotte Galves, Juanito Avelar
  • Case mismatches and match fixing cases
    Henk C. van Riemsdijk
  • Case and agreement in possessive noun phrases in mainly English, Swedish, and Finnish
    Anders Holmberg
  • Rethinking (un)agreement
    Tarald Taraldsen
  • Inflected intensifiers
    The structure-dependence of parasitic agreement
    Norbert Corver
  • Rethinking “defective goal”
    Clitics and noun incorporation
    Marcel den Dikken, Éva Dékány
  • Rethinking French Dative Clitics in light of Frozen Scope Effects
    Dominique Sportiche
  • Rethinking the ECP
    Subject–object asymmetries as freezing effects
    Luigi Rizzi
  • Rethinking Implicit Agents
    Syntax cares but not always
    Dimitris Michelioudakis
  • Rethinking Implicit Control
    Susi Wurmbrand
  • Rethinking partial control
    New evidence from finite control clauses
    Christina Sevdali, Michelle Sheehan
  • Absolutive control and absolute universals
    Jonathan David Bobaljik
  • Parametric variation
    The case of Brazilian Portuguese null subjects
    Mary Aizawa Kato, Maria Eugenia L. Duarte
  • Brazilian Portuguese null objects and Spanish differential object marking
    Sonia Cyrino



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 13, 2021
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Bárány, András, Biberauer, Theresa, Douglas, Jamie & Vikner, Sten (eds.). 2021. Syntactic architecture and its consequences III: Inside syntax. (Open Generative Syntax 11). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4680264


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