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  1. Jud Wolfskill, The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation (CORRECTED URL)

Message 1: The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation (CORRECTED URL)

Date: Tue, 23 Dec 97 15:24:47 EST
From: Jud Wolfskill <wolfskilMIT.EDU>
Subject: The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation (CORRECTED URL)

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The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation
An Economy Approach
Zeljko Boskovic

Economy considerations have always played an important role in the
generative theory of grammar. Indeed, the very development of the theory
has been characterized by natural considerations of simplicity and economy.
In the Minimalist Program, the operations of the computational system that
produce linguistic expressions must satisfy general considerations of
simplicity referred to as Economy Principles.

In The Syntax of Nonfinite Complementation: An Economy Approach, the author
completes two major research projects that solidify the foundation of the
Minimalist Program: the elimination of c-selection and government. He then
investigates in detail the nature of the Economy Principles in syntax. The
discussion, which focuses on infinitival and participial complements, shows
that a number of facts that previously have either not been accounted for
or have received unsatisfactory treatment can be explained in a principled
way once Economy Principles and, more generally, the Minimalist Program are

Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 32
December 1997 * $25.00 original in paperback * $50.00 cloth
440 pp. * ISBN 0-262-52236-5 * MIT Press
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