Microvariation in the South Slavic Noun Phrase

Steven Franks
xviii + 518 pp

This extraordinary work addresses a number of fundamental theoretical issues based on a wealth of fascinating data related to the nominal domain of South Slavic languages. The analyses it proposes and the conclusions it reaches are truly thought provoking, with far-reaching theoretical consequences that go way beyond just accounting for the complexities of the South Slavic nominal domain. —Željko Bošković, University of Connecticut

South Slavic nominal phrases have always been a challenge for theoretical analyses in generative linguistics. In his impressive new book Steven Franks tackles long-standing problems from a new perspective, that of microvariation, and offers fresh and elegant solutions to the intricate patterns of the South Slavic nominal domain, their functional make-up and featural configuration. With its broad scope and thoughtful argumentation, the book not only illuminates our understanding of various structural aspects of the South Slavic nominal phrase but also serves as an in-depth guide to the complex array of data these languages provide. —Iliyana Krapova, Università Ca' Foscari Venice

Microvariation in the South Slavic Noun Phrase is a monumental work, a fitting culmination of Steven Franks’s longtime research program examining variation in Slavic syntax. This elegantly written volume focuses on the structure of nominals in South Slavic, melding data from diverse languages and constructions, from the Orphan Accusative in Slovenian to Multiple Determination in Bulgarian and Macedonian, to produce a detailed and sophisticated view of NP, DP, and KP across the subfamily, with significant ramifications for general syntactic theory. A must-read for anyone interested in the syntax of nominals, Slavic or otherwise. —Catherine Rudin, Wayne State College