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Why Are There No Directionality Parameters?
Richard S. Kayne
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Abstract

Our faculty of language (FL) is antisymmetric in part because probe-goal search shares the left-to-right directionality of parsing and of production and in part because the merger of two phrases is unavailable. Many of the empirical arguments for antisymmetry involve parametric variation and thereby illustrate how parametric variation can indirectly serve as a window on the principles of FL.

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Proceedings of the 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Mary Byram Washburn, Katherine McKinney-Bock, Erika Varis, Ann Sawyer, and Barbara Tomaszewicz
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