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Title: Derivations in Minimalism
Written By: Samuel David Epstein
T. Daniel Seely
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521010580
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 111
Description:

This pathbreaking study presents a new perspective on the role of
derivation, the series of operations by which sentences are formed. Working
within the Minimalist Program and focusing on English, the authors develop
an original theory of generative syntax, providing illuminating new
analyses of some central syntactic constructions. Two key questions are
explored: first, can the Extended Projection Principle (EPP) be eliminated
from Minimalist analysis without loss, and perhaps with a gain in empirical
coverage; and second, is the construct 'A-Chain' similarly eliminable? The
authors argue that neither EPP nor the A-chain is in fact a property of
Universal Grammar, but rather their descriptive content can be deduced from
independently motivated properties of lexical items, in accordance with
overarching principles governing derivation. In investigating these
questions, a range of new data is introduced, and existing data
re-analyzed, presenting a pioneering challenge to fundamental assumptions
in syntactic theory.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Syntax
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ISBN: 0521811805
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 231
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ISBN: 0521010586
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Pages: 231
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