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The syntax of Person, Tense, and speech features

Sigurðsson, Halldor Armann LU (2004) In Rivista di Linguistica - Italian Journal of Linguistics 16(1). p.219-251
Abstract
This paper argues that Person interprets event participants in relation to speech participants

in a parallel fashion as grammatical Tense interprets event time in relation to speech time.

This understanding of Person is embedded in a general theory of speech-grammar-event

matching, that is to say, an approach where speech (event) features, SF, are matched by

grammatical features, GF, which in turn are matched by (propositional) event features, EF.

This is informally sketched below, where ‘A « B’ reads as ‘A matches B’ or, more

accurately, ‘A is computed/interpreted in relation to B’:

EF « GF « SF

In accordance with this general scheme, event participants, EP, match... (More)
This paper argues that Person interprets event participants in relation to speech participants

in a parallel fashion as grammatical Tense interprets event time in relation to speech time.

This understanding of Person is embedded in a general theory of speech-grammar-event

matching, that is to say, an approach where speech (event) features, SF, are matched by

grammatical features, GF, which in turn are matched by (propositional) event features, EF.

This is informally sketched below, where ‘A « B’ reads as ‘A matches B’ or, more

accurately, ‘A is computed/interpreted in relation to B’:

EF « GF « SF

In accordance with this general scheme, event participants, EP, match Person and other

grammatical participant features, GP, which in turn match speech participants, SP:

EP « GP « SP

In the same fashion, event time, ET, matches grammatical tense, GT, which in turn matches

speech time, ST:

ET « GT « ST

A basic claim that I shall be making is that the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995, 2000,

and subsequent) can be profitably developed such that features and feature built structures

are the only syntactic elements. I refer to this approach as MINIMAL FEATURE SYNTAX. My

aim is to show that it enables a (more) coherent understanding of the fundamental function

of speech features as well as of Person and Tense in language. (Less)
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  abstract     = {This paper argues that Person interprets event participants in relation to speech participants<br/><br>
in a parallel fashion as grammatical Tense interprets event time in relation to speech time.<br/><br>
This understanding of Person is embedded in a general theory of speech-grammar-event<br/><br>
matching, that is to say, an approach where speech (event) features, SF, are matched by<br/><br>
grammatical features, GF, which in turn are matched by (propositional) event features, EF.<br/><br>
This is informally sketched below, where ‘A « B’ reads as ‘A matches B’ or, more<br/><br>
accurately, ‘A is computed/interpreted in relation to B’:<br/><br>
EF « GF « SF<br/><br>
In accordance with this general scheme, event participants, EP, match Person and other<br/><br>
grammatical participant features, GP, which in turn match speech participants, SP:<br/><br>
EP « GP « SP<br/><br>
In the same fashion, event time, ET, matches grammatical tense, GT, which in turn matches<br/><br>
speech time, ST:<br/><br>
ET « GT « ST<br/><br>
A basic claim that I shall be making is that the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995, 2000,<br/><br>
and subsequent) can be profitably developed such that features and feature built structures<br/><br>
are the only syntactic elements. I refer to this approach as MINIMAL FEATURE SYNTAX. My<br/><br>
aim is to show that it enables a (more) coherent understanding of the fundamental function<br/><br>
of speech features as well as of Person and Tense in language.},
  author       = {Sigurðsson, Halldor Armann},
  issn         = {1120-2726},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {219--251},
  publisher    = {Rosenberg and Sellier},
  series       = {Rivista di Linguistica - Italian Journal of Linguistics},
  title        = {The syntax of Person, Tense, and speech features},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2004},
}