Primitive Elements Of Grammatical Theory: Papers By Jean-roger Vergnaud And His Collaborators by Katherine Mckinney-bockPrimitive Elements Of Grammatical Theory: Papers By Jean-roger Vergnaud And His Collaborators by Katherine Mckinney-bock

Primitive Elements Of Grammatical Theory: Papers By Jean-roger Vergnaud And His Collaborators

EditorKatherine Mckinney-bock, Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

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This book is a compilation of manuscripts and publications from 2001-2010 by Jean-Roger Vergnaud, in collaboration with colleagues and students. This work is guided by the scientific belief that broader mathematical principles should guide linguistic inquiry, as they guide classical biology and physics. From this, Vergnaud¿s hypotheses take the representation of the computational component of language to a more abstract level: one thatderivesconstituent structure. He treats linguistic features as primitives, and argues that a2 x nmatrix allows for multiple discrete dimensions to represent symmetries in linguistic features and to derive the fabric of syntax (and perhaps of phonology as well).

Three primary research questions guide the core of these papers. (A) Methodologically, how can broadly defined mathematical/cognitive principles guide linguistic investigation? (B) To what extent do general mathematical principles applyacrosslinguistic domains? What principles guide computation at different levels of linguistic structure (phonology, metrical structure, syntax)? (C) How is the computational domain defined?

In these manuscripts, Vergnaud¿s goal is not to radically depart from the Minimalist Program within generative grammar, but rather to take the underlying goal of the generative program and bring it to an even more general scientific level. The themes ofsymmetryandperiodicityin this book reflect his goal of scientific progress in linguistics, and he has opened the doors to new exploration of old empirical problems in linguistics that may, someday, have deeper biological and physical explanations through the theory presented in this publication.

Katherine McKinney-Bock recently completed her PhD in Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California, USA and is joining Reed College for the academic year 2013¿14 as a visiting assistant professor of linguistics.Maria Luisa Zubizarreta is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Southern California, USA.
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Title:Primitive Elements Of Grammatical Theory: Papers By Jean-roger Vergnaud And His CollaboratorsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:October 18, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415705398

ISBN - 13:9780415705394

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionKatherine McKinney-Bock and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta 2. Exquisite connections: some remarks on the evolution of linguistic theoryRobert Freidin and Jean-Roger Vergnaud  3. On a Certain Notion of "Occurrence:" The source of metrical structure and much moreJean-Roger Vergnaud  4. Generalizing the Notion of "Occurrence"Tommi Tsz-Cheung Leung  5. Some Explanatory Avatars of Conceptual Necessity: Elements of UGJean-Roger Vergnaud  6. Grafts and Beyond: Graph Theoretic SyntaxKatherineMcKinney-Bock and Jean-Roger Vergnaud  7. On Merge-markers and Nominal StructuresWei-wen Roger Liao and Jean-Roger Vergnaud