Linguistic Variation Yearbook is devoted to the study of the nature and scope of linguistic variation from the point of view of the minimalist program. It aims at going beyond the traditional tension between explanatory and descriptive adequacy. It seeks in particular to investigate to what extent the study of linguistic variation can shed light on the broader issue of language particular vs. language universal properties and design. Volume 3 contains articles by Denis Bouchard, Anders Holmberg, K. A. Jayaseelan, Giuseppe Longobardi, Sandra Stjepanovic, Yuji Takano, and Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai & Melody Yayin Chang.
1. Articles; 2. Introduction; 3. The origins of language variation (by Bouchard, Denis); 4. Yes/no questions and the relation between tense and polarity in English and Finnish (by Holmberg, Anders); 5. Question words in focus positions (by Jayaseelan, K.A.); 6. Methods in parametric linguistics and cognitive history (by Longobardi, Giuseppe); 7. A word order paradox resolved by copy deletion at PF (by Stjepanovic, Sandra); 8. Why Japanese is different: Nominalization and verbalization in syntax and the distribution of arguments (by Takano, Yuji); 9. Two types of wh-adverbials: A typological study of how and why in Tsou (by Tsai, Wei-Tien Dylan); 10. Index