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Locality in Minimalist Syntax
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Locality in Minimalist Syntax

Thomas S. Stroik

Abstract

This reanalysis of minimalist syntax considers the optimal design properties for human language. Taking as its starting point Noam Chomsky’s minimalist assumption that the syntactic component of a language generates representations for sentences that are interpreted at perceptual and conceptual interfaces, the book investigates how these representations can be generated most parsimoniously. Countering the prevailing analyses of minimalist syntax, it argues that the computational properties of human language consist only of strictly local Merge operations that lack both look-back and look-forwa ... More

Keywords: minimalist syntax, optimal design properties, human language, Noam Chomsky, computational properties, Merge operations, grammatical operations, feature-checking operation, lexical material, syntactic derivations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012928
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012928.001.0001

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Thomas S. Stroik, author

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