The syntax of preposition stranding

In the first half of this class, I will review some of the existing literature on the subject (mainly the milestone papers: van Riemsdijk, Hornstein & Weinberg, Kayne) and we will then go on to my own research on the topic.

The subtext of the class will be to examine the different modes of explanation and parameterization employed in the different approaches to P-stranding. In this sense the discussion will center around different (possible) modules of a theory of syntax: locality (Riemsdijk), non-syntactic processes feeding syntax (Hornstein & Weinberg), licensing of abstract categories (Kayne), phrase structure (my own view).