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The Primacy of Grammar$
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Nirmalangshu Mukherji

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014052

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014052.001.0001

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Linguistic Theory II

Linguistic Theory II

(p.160) (p.161) 5 Linguistic Theory II
The Primacy of Grammar

Nirmalangshu Mukherji

The MIT Press

This chapter presents in a detailed way the biolinguistic project view that languages are systems comprising a computational system and a lexicon. It says that a computational system includes the syntactic and the semantic systems that together provide the rich expressive potency of human language. It explains the significance of the Minimalist Program for linguistic theory, including the conceptual necessity and feature checking of the program, and the developments in the years that followed that we know as “Merge in the System”. It also examines merge and syntax, as well as merge and semantics. This chapter also discusses Chomsky’s study of two global ideas: least effort and last resort in terms of economic principles, as well as his CHL, or the abstract notion of the single computational system of human language, including linguistic specificity, principles, and displacement.

Keywords:   biolinguistic project, lexicon, Minimalist Program, Merge in the System, merge and syntax

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