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date: 29 November 2020

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While the perspective of a minimalist program for linguistic theory (MP) constitutes a significant departure from previous versions of linguistic theory, many of the fundamental ideas under investigation within it can be found in some form in earlier work on generative grammar. This article shows how MP is deeply rooted in the work on generative grammar of the past half-century. It has validated some significant early ideas, while at the same time leading us to new ones and also to new horizons.

Keywords: minimalist program, linguistic theory, generative grammar

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