- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism
- The Contributors
- List of Abbreviations and Symbols
- Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar
- Features in Minimalist Syntax
- Merge and Bare Phrase Structure
- Structure and Order: Asymmetric Merge
- The Copy Theory
- A-Bar Dependencies
- Head Movement and the Minimalist Program
- Derivational Cycles
- Anti-Locality: Too-Close Relations in Grammar
- No Derivation Without Representation
- Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations
- Syntax and Interpretation Systems: How is Their Labour Divided?
- Minimalist Construal: Two Approaches to A and B
- A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure
- Minimalist Semantics
- Minimal Semantic Instructions
- Language and Thought
- Minimalism and Language Acquisition
- A Minimalist Program for Phonology
- Minimizing Language Evolution: The Minimalist Program and The Evolutionary Shaping of Language
- Computational Perspectives on Minimalism
Abstract and Keywords
This article analyzes instances of optional movement and how optionality can be motivated in a minimalist context. The discussion involves the notion of interpretation and the systems external to narrow syntax that further manipulate linguistic expressions. It takes up quantifier raising and scrambling, which appear to be quintessential optional operations. The discussion adheres to the idea that they are optional movement, and shows that by the application of Fox's economy condition on optional interpretation, we can predict which optional operations are well formed and which are not.
Shigeru Miyagawa is Professor of Linguistics and Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at MIT. His publications include Why Agree? Why Move? Unifying Agreement-Based and Discourse Configurational Languages (MIT Press, 2010) and Structure and Case Marking in Japanese (Academic Press, 1989).
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