The size of things I: Structure building

Sabine Laszakovits   Zheng Shen  


This book focuses on the role size plays in grammar. Under the umbrella term size fall the size of syntactic projections, the size of feature content, and the size of reference sets. The contributions in this first volume discuss size and structure building.

The most productive research program in syntax where size plays a central role revolves around clausal complements. Part 1 of Volume I contributes to this program with papers that argue for particular structures of clausal complements, as well as papers that employ sizes of clausal complements to account for other phenomena. The papers in Part 2 of this volume explore the interaction between size and structure building beyond clausal complements, including phenomena in CP, vP, and NP domains. The contributions cover a variety of languages, many of which are understudied.

The book is complemented by Volume II which discusses size effects in movement, agreement, and interpretation.


  • Introduction: The size of things
    Zheng Shen, Sabine Laszakovits
  • Restructuring and nominalization size
    Emily A. Hanink
  • Matters of size and deficient functional categories in three Turkic languages
    Turkish, Turkmen, and Noghay
    Meltem Kelepir
  • Akan complements on the implicational complementation hierarchy
    Caroline Pajančič
  • Backward vs. forward control/raising
    A case of Lak aspectual verbs
    Nina Radkevich
  • Future interpretation in Gitksan and reduced clausal complements
    Neda Todorović
  • Size of sentential complements in Japanese
    Hiroaki Saito
  • Against embedded modal as control in Japanese
    Its relevance to the implicational complementation hierarchy
    Koji Shimamura
  • Some notes on the scope properties of nominative objects in Japanese
    Masahiko Takahashi
  • Greek aspectual verbs and the causative alternation
    Artemis Alexiadou, Elena Anagnostopoulou
  • Tales of an unambitious reverse engineer
    David Pesetsky
  • On the size of Spell-Out domains
    Arguments for Spell-Out of intermediate projections
    Akihiko Arano
  • Stripping in Hindi
    Does clause size matter?
    Troy Messick, Deepak Alok
  • Three applicative GEIs in Mandarin Chinese
    Pei-Jung Kuo
  • The middle field of Brazilian Portuguese and the size of the verbal domain
    Renato Lacerda
  • Particle-verbs in an Austrian-American code-switching idiolect
    Jonathan David Bobaljik, Leo Bobaljik Wurmbrand
  • Noun phrases, big and small
    Asya M. Pereltsvaig
  • Some notes on MaxShare
    Zheng Shen



Sabine Laszakovits, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Sabine Laszakovits is a computational linguist at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Her research interests are in theoretical and computational syntax and in digital humanities. She has worked on case theory, impersonal passives, relative clauses, and wh-words, and she develops statistical models for German.

Zheng Shen, National University of Singapore

Zheng Shen is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at National University of Singapore. His primary research topics are theoretical and experimental syntax across languages. He has worked on Right Node Raising, multi-dominance, agreement, ellipsis. His work has been published in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Glossa.

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July 24, 2021
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Laszakovits, Sabine & Shen, Zheng (eds.). 2021. The size of things I: Structure building. (Open Generative Syntax 12). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5140049


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