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Edge-Based Clausal SyntaxA Study of (Mostly) English Object Structure$
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Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014816

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014816.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Edge-Based Clausal Syntax

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

The work of Noam Chomsky tackles various generative transformational grammar frameworks that include a wide range of concepts, from configurational definitions of grammatical relations and constituent structure trees to feature checking, Greed, Last Resort, lexical entries and lexical rules, the Extension Condition, the Head Movement Constraint, the Minimal Distance Principle, the Minimal Link Condition, and the Minimality Condition. This chapter examines English object structure and certain aspects of English grammar. It discusses foundational assumptions about natural language grammar and syntax, linguistic trees and edge-extended linguistic trees, metagraphs, anaphora, relations between arcs, and types of arcs.

Keywords:   arcs, Noam Chomsky, grammar, English, object structure, natural language, syntax, linguistic trees, metagraphs, anaphora

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