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Title: Rule Ordering in Syntax
Authors: Williams, Edwin Samuel III
Keywords: Generative Grammar
Word Order
Issue Date: 1974
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Abstract: The aim of the work is to explain why rules are ordered the way that they are. For instance, why us Dative Movement ordered before Passive, and Passive before WH Movement (Question Formation)? The initial observation is that the maximal domains within which these rules apply are small or large, depending on whether the rule is late or early. Thus, Dative Movement has the Predicate Phrase as its domain. Passive has the domain S, and WH Movement has the domain S1, where S1 -> COMP - S - X. Four domains are established, VP, Pred Phrase, S, and S1, and the claim tested is that all rules that have a given domain as their maximal domain of application are ordered before all rules of any larger domain. Evidence is presented that in the domain Pred Phrase ordering does not obtain, and an attempt at a principled account of ordering that does obtain among rules of domain S is made.
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