Derivations in Minimalism
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Derivations in Minimalism by Samuel David Epstein
Book DescriptionThis 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521811804
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Samuel David Epstein
Essays in Syntactic Theory, Paperback (September 2012)
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, Paperback (January 2003)
A pathbreaking new perspective on derivation, the series of operations by which sentences are formed.
Derivational Approach to Syntactic Relations, Hardback (August 1998)» View all books by Samuel David Epstein
Exploring the central concept of "syntactic relation", this text argues that certain fundamental relations such as c-command, dominance and checking relations can be explained within a derivational approach to structure-building, resulting in a level-free model of syntax.
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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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