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        1.     Michelle Johnson , CUNY Linguistics Colloquium - Noam Chomsky

Message 1: CUNY Linguistics Colloquium - Noam Chomsky
Date: 28-Jan-2011
From: Michelle Johnson <mjohnson2gc.cuny.edu>
Subject: CUNY Linguistics Colloquium - Noam Chomsky
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CUNY Linguistics Colloquium - Noam Chomsky

Date: 17-Feb-2011 - 17-Feb-2011
Location: New York City, NY, USA
Contact: Jeremy Rafal
Contact Email: JRafalgc.cuny.edu
Meeting URL: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/dept/lingu/

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

Problems of Projection
'From its modern origins, generative grammar has been concerned with
several fundamental features of language: compositionality, non-contiguous
relations (including primarily displacement), ordering, and projection. Over
time it was found that compositionality and displacement could be unified
under the simplest computational operation (Merge), and that other non-
contiguous relations might fall under a general principle of minimal search.
On conceptual grounds, one might expect ordering to be a reflex of the
sensory-motor system, hence to fall under the externalization of language,
though there are empirical arguments to the contrary. That leaves projection,
which differs from the others in that it is not virtually a description of the
observed facts but is theory-internal. There have been various approaches to
projection, from sheer stipulation in phrase structure grammar, to X-bar theory
and its descendants, to labeling algorithms. There are other closely related
issues, among them the status of specifiers and factors that enter into
movement. The optimal approach would be to reduce labeling to minimal
search as a necessary part of the computational system itself. That is the
possibility I will explore, along with consequences to which it leads and
problems to which it gives rise.'
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