This paper develops a micro-parametric approach to language variation on the basis of patterns of directed manner of motion and resultative constructions across a variety of languages. Data drawn from languages such as Indonesian, Javanese, Hebrew, Malayalam, Korean and Japanese show that the previous macro-parametric approaches fail to account for the degree of variation found. A micro-parametric analysis is developed which is based on a universal underlying syntactico-semantic structure with language-specific possibilities for lexicalization by vocabulary items.
Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Natasha Abner and Jason Bishop Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-428-7 library binding
vii + 466 pages
publication date: 2008
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA