Spell-Out and the Minimalist Program

Paperback | December 14, 2011

byJuan Uriagereka

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Since Juan Uriagereka originated the multiple spell-out model in 1999 it has been one of the most influential lines of research in syntactic theorizing. The model simplified a crucial element of the minimalist account of language making it a more accurate reflection of syntax and itsacquisition. In this book he explores important consequences of the multiple spell-out hypothesis and of the linked notion of cyclicity. He combines the latest thinking in linguistics with perspectives drawn from physics, biology, and animal behaviour, aiming thereby to advance the field firstdescribed by Noam Chomsky as biolinguistics.Without simplifying them Professor Uriagereka seeks to present the issues and their broader biological significance clearly and succinctly in ways that are accessible to scholars from adjacent fields with a limited background in linguistics. His analogies and comparisons between linguistic andnon-linguistic phenomena (such as the syntax of birdsong) will be of value to both non-linguists and linguists, whose overriding concerns with narrow linguistic questions may sometimes obscure their broader biological significance.The subjects discussed in the book include the linearization of structure, the punctuated nature of a derivation (the multiple spell-out model), cyclicity and its consequences for locality, and the definition of c-command and its relevance to various types of grammatical dependency. The authordiscusses the evolutionary implications of his work, considering, for example, whether the punctuated nature of the derivation is a resolution of conflicting demands that yield an equilibrium found in nature more generally. This groundbreaking book will appeal to a wide range of readers inlinguistics and cognitive science.

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Since Juan Uriagereka originated the multiple spell-out model in 1999 it has been one of the most influential lines of research in syntactic theorizing. The model simplified a crucial element of the minimalist account of language making it a more accurate reflection of syntax and itsacquisition. In this book he explores important conse...

Juan Uriagereka has been Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland since 2000. He has held visiting professorships at the universities of Konstanz, Leiden, Tsukuba, and the Basque country. His books include Syntactic Anchors: On Semantic Structure (CUP 2008), with Howard Lasnik, A Course in Minimalist Syntax (Blackwell 200...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:December 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Linearization2. Sub-extraction3. C-command4. Cyclicity5. Antecedents and Consequents6. The Frustrating Equation7. A CLASH ModelReferences