|Description:||I was wondering if anyone could help me understand why the
Inclusiveness Condition, as defined in Chomsky 1995 and other work
in the Minimalist Program, is so widely assumed as a working
In most formulations, it says that in a language with optimal design, the
computational system will not add information in the course of the
derivation which is not already present in the lexical items.
My question is: why? I don't see what's so imperfect about a
computational system which adds information.
This is a separate question from whether languages in fact have this
property, since as Chomsky says many times, languages probably are
not optimally designed after all; the SMT is probably false.
But my question is, why would satisfying Inclusiveness be a criterion for
being optimal in the first place?