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Title: Minimality Effects in Syntax
Edited By: Arthur Stepanov
Gisbert Fanselow
Ralf Vogel
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-311017961X-1&l=E
Series Title: Studies in Generative Grammar 70

The volume is a collection of 12 papers which focus on empirical and
theoretical issues associated with syntactic phenomena falling under the
rubric of Relativized Minimality (Rizzi 1990) or, in more recent terms,
Minimal Link Condition (MLC, Chomsky 1995). The bulk of the papers are
based on the ideas presented at the Workshop "Minimal Link Effects in
Minimalist and Optimality Theoretic Syntax" which took place at the
University of Potsdam on March 21-22, 2002. All contributors are prominent
specialists in the area of syntactic Minimality.

The empirical phenomena brought to bear on Minimality/MLC in the present
volume include, but not limited to:

* Superiority effects in multiple wh-questions, including those with
'D-linked' wh-phrase(s) (Müller, Haida, Haider)

* Stylistic Fronting in Germanic and Romance (Fisher, Poole)

* Transitive sentences in Hindi-type ergative languages (Stepanov)

* Word order 'freezing' effects in double-nominative constructions in
Korean (Lee)

* Double object constructions in Greek (Anagnostoupoulou)

* Remnant constituent displacement in German and Japanese (Hale and

Nine of the proposed accounts are couched in the Minimalist framework
(Chomsky 1995, 2000, 2001), three in the framework of Optimality Theory
(Prince and Smolensky 1993). Thematically, the contributions divide into
three groups addressing the following major questions:

* How can apparent violations of syntactic Minimality/MLC be accounted
for? (Haida, Stepanov, Poole, Fisher, Anagnostopoulou)

* What is the status of MLC? Is it a primitive or a theorem in the
grammar? (Müller, Fanselow, Lechner, Vogel, Lee, Haider)

* Can Minimality phenomena shed decisive evidence in favor of a
derivational (Minimalist type) or a representational (Optimality
theory like) framework? (Hale and Legendre, Haider)

The book is of interest to: Libraries, Researchers and Advanced Students of
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and Germanic Languages.

Date of publication: 10/2004

Artur Stepanov is Researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University
of Potsdam, Germany.

Gisbert Fanselow is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam,

Ralf Vogel is Researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University of
Potsdam, Germany.


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