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Možnosti a úskalí jazykového popisu na základě formálního lingvistického aparátu: poznámky k nové syntaxi češtiny

Title in English Possibilities and stumbling blocks of formal language descriptions: Some remarks on the new book on the syntax of contemporary Czech

WAGNER Roland Anton

Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Slovo a slovesnost
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords Czech syntax; functional generative description; nominalization; diatheses; control; dependency syntax
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Description The text introduces the reader to the recently published description of Czech syntax by J. Panevová et al. (2014) and takes the opportunity to add some remarks on its position within the Czech linguistic tradition on the one hand, and in the wider context of syntactic thought outside the Czech Republic on the other. The advantages of a multistratal approach to analyzing passives and other diatheses, over the surface-oriented approach in traditional Czech syntactic descriptions such as Šmilauer (1966), are demonstrated in more detail. Furthermore, I show how the theory of control is adapted from the Governing and Binding framework to a syntactic framework based on dependency. In addition to the merits of the given analyses, several problematic issues are pointed out, especially relating to resultative diathesis and to the distribution of controlled pronouns in the deep structure.

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