The Oxford Handbook Of Linguistic Minimalism

Hardcover | March 17, 2011

EditorCedric Boeckx

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This Handbook provides a complete assessment of the current achievements and challenges of the Minimalist Program. Established 15 years ago by Noam Chomsky with the aim of making all statements about language as simple and general as possible, linguistic minimalism is now at the centre ofefforts to understand how the human language faculty operates in the mind and manifests itself in languages. In this book leading researchers from all over the world explore the origins of the program, the course of its sometimes highly technical research, and its connections with other disciplines,such as parallel developments in fields such as developmental biology, cognitive science, computational science, and philosophy of mind. The authors examine every aspect of the enterprise, show how each part relates to the whole, and set out current methodological and theoretical issues andproposals. The various chapters in this book trace the development of minimalist ideas in linguistics, highlight their significance and distinctive character, and relate minimalist research and aims to those in parallel fields. They focus on core aspects in syntax, including feature, case, phrase structure,derivations, and representations, and on interface issues within the grammar. They also take minimalism outside the domain of grammar to consider its role in closely related biolinguistic projects, including the evolution of mind and language and the relation between language and thought. Thehandbook is designed and written to meet the needs of students and scholars in linguistics and cognitive science at graduate level and above, as well as to provide a guide to the field for researchers other disciplines.

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This Handbook provides a complete assessment of the current achievements and challenges of the Minimalist Program. Established 15 years ago by Noam Chomsky with the aim of making all statements about language as simple and general as possible, linguistic minimalism is now at the centre ofefforts to understand how the human language fac...

Cedric Boeckx is Research Professor at the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA) and a member of the Center for Theoretical Linguistics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He was previously Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author of Islands and Chains (Benjamins, 2003), Linguistic Mini...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pagesPublished:March 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Robert Freidin and Howard Lasnik: Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar2. David Adger and Peter Svenonius: Features in Minimalist Syntax3. David Pesetsky and Esther Torrego: Case4. Naoki Fukui: Merge and Bare Phrase Structure5. Jan-Wouter Zwart: Structure and Order: Asymmetric Merge6. barbara Citko: Multidominance7. Jairo Nunes: The Copy Theory8. Norvin Richards: A-bar Dependencies9. Ian Roberts: Head-Movement and the Minimalist Program10. Luigi Rizzi: Minimality11. Juan Uriagereka: Derivational Cycles12. Kleanthes K. Grohmann: Anti-Locality: Too-close Relations in Grammar13. Samuel D. Epstein, Hisatsugu Kitahara, and T. Daniel Seely: Derivation(s)14. Robert Chametzky: No Derivation Without Representation15. Zeljko Boskovic: Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations16. Shigeru Miyagawa: Optionality17. Eric Reuland: Syntax and Interpretation Systems: How is their labour Divided?18. Alex Drummond, Dave Kush, and Norbert Hornstein: Minimalist Construal: Two Approaches to A and B19. Heidi Harley: A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure20. Gillian Ramchand: Minimalist Semantics21. Paul Pietroski: Minimal Semantic Instructions22. Wolfram Hinzen: Language and Thought23. Angel Gallego: Parameters24. Charles Yang and Tom Roeper: Minimalism and Language Acquisition25. Bridget Samuels: A Minimalist Program for Phonology26. Victor Longa, Guillermo Lorenzo, and Juan Uriagereka: Minimizing Language Evolution: The Minimalist Program and teh Evolutionary Shaping of Language27. Ed Stabler: Computational perspectives on MinimalismBibliographyIndex