Lexico-logical Form: A Radically Minimalist Theory (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs No. 27)
By: Michael Brody (author)Paperback
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Lexico-Logical Form relates in aim to Noam Chomsky's recent works on economy and minimalism: both authors recast the structure of the grammar, revealing its essential properties in the process. In Lexico- Logical Form, Michael Brody meticulously dissects aspects of the Principles and Parameters theory, pares away the extraneous, focuses on core issues, and recreates them in subtle and interesting ways.Brody argues for and discusses aspects of a radically minimalist, nonderivational approach to syntax in which both the central conceptual systems and the lexicon have direct access to the single syntactic representation, called Lexico-Logical Form. He proposes to streamline the syntactic component of the grammar by eliminating syntactic derivation and all syntactic levels of representation other than LF, the interface with the semantic component.A central driving force throughout is the elimination of redundancy in the theory. Since movement characterizes a subset of the relations characterized by chains, the former is eliminated.
Since the lexicon must constrain the input to the semantic component, intervening representations are eliminated, and the relationship beween the lexicon and LF becomes direct. This timely approach explores a logical next step in the minimalist path.Lingistic Inquiry Monograph No. 27
Part 1 Chains and move alpha: transformations and full interpretation; explaining the MTC; lexico-logical form; minimalist theories; the status of D-structure; "LF-movement" in the LLF theory. Part 2 Multiple Wh-/neg-relations and subjacency: subjacency - derivation or representation; primary and secondary Wh-relations; secondary chains are parasitic; pied-piping parameters; superiority and anti-superiority. Part 3 Chains and D-sets: parasitic gaps licensed by subjects; adjunct versus argument-internal parasitic gaps; principle C and the MTC analysis of parasitic gaps; chain composition, empty operators. Part 4 Positional principles: PF-triggering versus LLF-triggering; earliness and LF-triggering; "LF movement" from A-positions; QR and antecedent-contained ellipsis. Part 5 Reconstruction and partially determined full interpretation: the copy-and-deletion theory; partially determined full interpretation.
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