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LINGUIST List 20.1265

Sat Apr 04 2009

Books: Ling Theories/Syntax: Stroik

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        1.    Nathan Hohenstein, Locality in Minimalist Syntax: Stroik

Message 1: Locality in Minimalist Syntax: Stroik
Date: 04-Mar-2009
From: Nathan Hohenstein <nathanahmit.edu>
Subject: Locality in Minimalist Syntax: Stroik
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Title: Locality in Minimalist Syntax
Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry
Published: 2009
Publisher: MIT Press
                http://mitpress.mit.edu/

Book URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262512763

Author: Thomas S. Stroik
Hardback: ISBN: 0262012928 9780262012928 Pages: 168 Price: U.S. $ 64.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0262512769 9780262512763 Pages: 168 Price: U.S. $ 32.00
Abstract:

In this highly original reanalysis of minimalist syntax, Thomas Stroik
considers the optimal design properties for human language. Taking as his
starting point Chomsky's minimalist assumption that the syntactic component
of a language generates representations for sentences that are interpreted
at perceptual and conceptual interfaces, Stroik investigates how these
representations can be generated most parsimoniously. Countering the
prevailing analyses of minimalist syntax, he argues that the computational
properties of human language consist only of strictly local Merge
operations that lack both look-back and look-forward properties. All
grammatical operations reduce to a single sort of locally defined
feature-checking operation, and all grammatical properties are the
cumulative effects of local grammatical operations.

As Stroik demonstrates, reducing syntactic operations to local operations
with a single property—merging lexical material into syntactic
derivations—not only radically increases the computational efficiency of
the syntactic component, but it also optimally simplifies the design of the
computational system. Locality in Minimalist Syntax explains a range of
syntactic phenomena that have long resisted previous generative theories,
including that-trace effects, superiority effects, and the interpretations
available for multiple-wh constructions. It also introduces the Survive
Principle, an important new concept for syntactic analysis, and provides
something considered impossible in minimalist syntax: a locality account of
displacement phenomena.

Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 51

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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