These papers were written as final projects for the Advanced Syntax course on Minimalism offered in Spring 2001. As a result, all papers in this volume, except for one, have been written within the Minimalist framework. The contributions by Lamont Antieau, Robert Cloutier, and Michele Terray focused on Negation in a wide range of languages including Finnish, Chinese, Korean, and Old and Modern English. Betsy Barry's paper investigated the nature of functional categories in Papiamentu; Yeonju Kim's contribution compared wh-movement in Korean and Japanese in the light of Groat and O'Neil's (1996) model. Alla Zareva proposed a minimalist account of the advert effect in English and Marie-Claire Ogandaga examined the verbal morphology of Myene-Nkomi from a purely descriptive perspective. Myene-Nkomi being a very poor studied (hence little understood) language, we both agreed that it would be best to provide an accurate description of verbal morphology before launching into theoretical considerations.
The first volume of the University of Georgia Working Papers in Linguistics has been focusing on theoretical syntax exclusively only due to time and budgetary contraptions. It is however our hope that future volumes will be representative of all the other areas of linguistic investigation offered by the Linguistics Program.
A Minimalist Approach to the Problem of Ain't
Functional Categories and Clausal Architecture in Papiamentu
Diachronic Negation in English: A Minimalist Analysis with References to Other Languages
Spell-Out and the LF Interface
The Verbal Morphology of the Myene-Nkomi Language
Marie Claire Ogandaga
Negation and the phi-features in Finnish
A Minimalist Analysis of the Adverb Effect