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Linguistic Derivations and Filtering

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This volume focuses on the role of the postulated derivational and filtering devices in current linguistic theory. It promotes the exchange of ideas between the proponents of Chomsky’s Minimalist Program and Prince and Smolensky’s Optimality Theory to evaluate the role of these devices in the two frameworks. It discusses the tenability of the often proclaimed opinion that the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory are incompatible frameworks, given that the explanatory power of the former mainly resides on the generative device, whereas the explanatory power of the latter mainly resides in the filtering device. The papers presented here discuss and compare the two devices in these two frameworks from various perspectives, collating a number of arguments that favour a strictly derivational, a strictly filtering, or a hybrid approach. This book is directed to syntacticians working within the current frameworks that have developed from the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory, but it will also be of interest to researchers or advanced students of linguistic theory.

Published: Feb 1, 2013


Section Chapter Authors
Prelims, Contents, Contributors Hans Broekhuis, Ralf Vogel
1. Introduction Hans Broekhuis, Ralf Vogel
I. Combining MP and an OT-Evaluation
2. Derivations and evaluations Hans Broekhuis
3. Filling in the gaps: PF-optimalization in parasitic gap constructions in Dutch and German Gena Chocano, Michael Putnam
4. On three types of variation in resumption: evidence in favor of violable and ranked constraints Martin Salzmann
II. Local and Global Optimization
5. Sources of phonological structure John J. McCarthy, Kathryn Pruitt
6. Extremely local optimization Fabian Heck, Gereon Muller
7. Aspect splits and parasitic marking Ellen Woolford
8. Derivation of Scandinavian Object Shift and remnant VP-topicalization Eva Engels, Sten Vikner
III. Optimal Design, Economy and Last Resort in OT
9. Optimality theory and the minimalist program Vieri Samek-Lodovici
10. The trivial generator Ralf Vogel
11. Last resorts: a typology of do-support Jane Grimshaw
IV. The Role of the Interpretive Components
12. Hard and soft conditions on the Faculty of Language: constituting parametric variation Hedde Zeijlstra
13. Spell-Out rules: ranked competition of Copy Modification Kleanthes Grohmann
End Matter
Index Hans Broekhuis, Ralf Vogel

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