The size of things II: Movement, features, and interpretation

Zheng Shen   Sabine Laszakovits  


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. This Volume II discusses size effects in movement, agreement, and interpretation while the contributions in Volume I focus on size and structure building.

Part I of Volume II investigates how size interacts with head movement and various phrasal movement including left branch extraction, object shift, tough movement, and multiple wh movement.

Part II of this volume discusses the role size plays in agreement and morphology-related matters like allomorphy.

Contributions in Part III focus on semantic-oriented issues, in particular the size of reference domains and NPI licensing.

The languages covered in this volume include American Sign Language, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian and various other Slavic languages, German, Icelandic, dialects of Italian, Japanese, Nancowry, Panoan languages, and Tamil.


  • Size of the moving element matters
    LBE is not Scattered Deletion
    Miloje Despić
  • Size of Op in tough-constructions
    Ryosuke Hattori
  • Object shift in ASL and Libras
    Sabine Laszakovits, Ronice Müller de Quadros, Emily Jo Noschese, Diane Lillo-Martin
  • Only the tall and the small
    Size restrictions on Icelandic possessors
    Gísli Rúnar Harðarson
  • Heads first
    the rest will follow
    Lisa deMena Travis
  • What moves where?
    A typological-syntactic approach to multiple wh-questions
    Magdalena Lohninger
  • How strict should Cartography be?
    A view from Slavic
    John Frederick Bailyn
  • On the size of same subject complements in two Panoan languages
    Mark Baker, Livia Camargo Souza
  • Singular -st syncretism and featural pied-piping
    Jim Wood
  • The morphosyntax of andative forms in the Campiota vernacular
    The synthetic behavior of restructuring roots
    Andrea Calabrese
  • When size matters in infix allomorphy
    A unique window into the morphology-phonology interface
    Laura Kalin
  • Tamil pronominal alternations are phonology not allomorphy
    Heather Newell
  • Partial control and plural predication
    Martin Prinzhorn, Viola Schmitt
  • If size ever matters, let’s compare
    Friedrich Neubarth
  • Domain size matters
    An exceptive that forms strong NPIs
    Uli Sauerland, Kazuko Yatsushiro



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.

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.

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December 27, 2023
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Shen, Zheng & Laszakovits, Sabine (eds.). 2023. The size of things II: Movement, features, and interpretation. (Open Generative Syntax 13). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6458306


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