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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax$
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Derek Bickerton and Eörs Szathmáry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.001.0001

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Syntax for Non-syntacticians A Brief Primer

Syntax for Non-syntacticians A Brief Primer

(p.2) (p.3) 1 Syntax for Non-syntacticians A Brief Primer
Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax

Bickerton Derek

The MIT Press

This chapter describes and illustrates some of the most basic concepts and processes in syntax such as Merge, binding, control, movement, and empty categories. It first considers the hierarchical structure of syntax and how syntactic trees reflect the way sentences must be constructed. It then discusses Noam Chomsky’s Minimalist Program, the relationship between anaphors and their antecedents, and the movement of constituents of sentences. Finally, the chapter offers some suggestions regarding possible avenues of approach to understand better how syntax is instantiated in the human mind/brain.

Keywords:   syntax, Merge, binding, control, movement, empty categories, hierarchical structure, anaphors, Noam Chomsky, Minimalist Program

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