Derivations in Minimalism
Cambridge University Press, Jan 20, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 217 pages
This pathbreaking study presents a new perspective on the role of derivation, the series of operations by which sentences are formed. Working within the Minimalist Program and focusing on English, the authors develop an original theory of generative syntax, providing illuminating new analyses of some central syntactic constructions. Two key questions are explored: first, can the Extended Projection Principle (EPP) be eliminated from Minimalist analysis without loss, and perhaps with a gain in empirical coverage; and second, is the construct 'A-Chain' similarly eliminable? The authors argue that neither EPP nor the A-chain is in fact a property of Universal Grammar, but rather their descriptive content can be deduced from independently motivated properties of lexical items, in accordance with overarching principles governing derivation. In investigating these questions, a range of new data is introduced, and existing data re-analyzed, presenting a pioneering challenge to fundamental assumptions in syntactic theory.
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Orientation and goals
12 Outline and rationale
On the elimination of Achains
22 Achains are not specifiable under X invisibility
23 A nonisomorphism between Achains and successive cyclic Amovement
24 An alternative analysis without chains
On the elimination of the EPP
32 The EPP
More challenges to the elimination of the EPP some movement cases
42 Evidence for successive cyclic Amovement as evidence for the EPP
43 The Bošković approach
44 Some alternative solutions
45 Lasniks cases
52 Some final notes on the derivational model eliminating feature strength and obligatory transformational rule application
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A-chains affix agreement features analysis applies argued argument assign assume binding Boskovic Boskovic's c-command Case-checking chain formation Chomsky Chomsky's Condition consider DASR deletion derivational approach derivational point discussion Eastern Michigan University ECM verb eliminate the EPP empirical EPP feature example excluded expletive Extended Projection Principle fact feature checking Form Chain grammatical hence her2 Howard Lasnik hypothesis independently motivated infinitival complement intermediate Spec invisible John conjectured John has conjectured John left Lasnik LF representation matrix Merge Merge-over-Move Minimalist Moro mother's bread move to Spec Note null operation overt Peter is ill PF and LF predict principle Principles and Parameters probe Probe-Goal properties proposed raising redundancy relation relevant representationally Samuel D scopal interpretation seems semantic small clause specifically structure successive cyclic A-movement syntactic object syntax theory theta role trace trace theory unclear ungrammatical uninterpretable features universal quantifier verb violation
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