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Title: Anaphora in assamese a GB exposition
Researcher: Chowdhary, Runima
Guide(s): Mahanta, R K
Keywords: Anaphora
University: Gauhati University
Completed Date: 31/12/2001
Abstract: The study aims at unraveling how far the standard Binding theory supplemented by the other modules of language, as envisaged in GB, determines the relations of coreference, disjoint reference and overlapping of reference between nominal expressions in Assamese and the structural constraints thereby identified are governed by the language-specific parameters. The work thus encompasses the exposition of the anaphoric potentialities of the two lexical anaphors ---reflexives and reciprocals, the closed set of definite / personal pronouns and the two phonetically null pronominals-pro and PRO in Assamese. Chapter 1 of the dissertation outlines the theoretical model, the work is based on with emphasis on the concept of Universal Grammar and its organization, the levels of representation, the sub-systems of principles or the modules of language. The historical background of the notions of anaphora and binding as used in GB has been sketched briefly with illustrations from English and other languages. An overview of the morphology and syntax of Assamese is dealt with in Chapter 2. The morphological study is concerned with the exploration of the nominal features, viz., case, number, gender and deixis, and the verbal features, viz., tense, aspect and person necessary for establishing syntactic relationships like Case or government. The non-finite verbal forms are distinguished into two classes - quasi-finite and infinitival, the former sharing the feature of case-marked overt subject like the finite one, and the latter inevitably requiring null subjects. The behaviour of the auxiliaries in morpho-syntactic terms are also investigated. The study identifies non-configurationality, head-finality and scrambling to be some of the vital parameters of the language. The functional categories --INFL and COMP are explored to account for their roles as heads of IP and CP respectively in the language. Further, the nature and behaviour of Exceptional clauses and Small clauses are identified and discussed. An inventory of overt NPs...
Appears in Departments:Department of Assamese

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