Derivations in Minimalism by Samuel David Epstein
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Derivations in Minimalism
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Derivations in Minimalism

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Derivations in Minimalism by Samuel David Epstein

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521010580
ISBN-10: 0521010586
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 234
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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The essays in this collection explore wide-ranging aspects of the syntax and semantics of human languages. Key topics covered include movement phenomena and the syntax of logical form, methods in generative linguistics and the role of rules versus principles in syntactic theory.

Derivations in Minimalism by Samuel David Epstein Derivations in Minimalism, Hardback (January 2006)

A pathbreaking new perspective on derivation, the series of operations by which sentences are formed.

Derivational Approach to Syntactic Relations by Samuel David Epstein Derivational Approach to Syntactic Relations, Paperback (August 1998)

This text explores the concept of "syntactic relation" arguing certain relations such as c-command, dominance and checking relations can be explained within a derivational approach to structure-building. Resulting in a model of syntax where derivations undergo aemantic/phonological interpretation.

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Author Biography - Samuel David Epstein

SAMUEL DAVID EPSTEIN is a Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Michigan. He is co-author of A Derivational Approach to Syntactic Relations (with E. Groat, R. Kawashima and H. Kitahara, 1998), and co-editor (with N. Hornstein) of Working Minimalism (1999). He is co-founder ( with S. Flynn) of the journal Syntax. T. DANIEL SEELY is Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Linguistics Program at Eastern Michigan University. His work in syntax has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry and Syntax. He is organizer and editor of Geometric and Thematic Structure in Binding (1996), The First LINGUIST List online conference and he is co-editor (with S. D. Epstein) of Derirotion and Explandtion in the Minimalist Program (2002).

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