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The Minimalist Program$
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Noam Chomsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262527347

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262527347.001.0001

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A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory

A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory

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The Minimalist Program

Noam Chomsky

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This chapter describes a Minimalist Program for linguistic theory that builds on the principles-and-parameters model and, in particular, on principles of economy of derivation and representation. It begins with an overview of some general considerations, such as the assumption that language is part of the natural world before turning to a discussion of language faculty and one of its components, a generative procedure that generates structural descriptions (SDs). It then considers Universal Grammar in relation to lexicon and a computational system, along with X-bar theory and the notions that enter into a Minimalist Program. It also looks at the level of D-Structure, the internal interface between the lexicon and the computational system, and the concept of S-Structure and its conditions. The chapter concludes by expounding on the economy principles as they apply to both representations and derivations.

Keywords:   linguistic theory, Minimalist Program, principles-and-parameters model, principles of economy, derivation, representation, language, Universal Grammar, lexicon, X-bar theory

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