- 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 describes how the minimalist program approaches parametric variation. To do that, however, it is important to step back a little bit and offer some perspective, by considering the different ways in which linguistic variation was dealt with during the Government and Binding era. The discussion is divided as follows. Section 23.2 elaborates on the properties of the initial Principles & Parameters model that allowed investigation of linguistic variation. Section 23.3 discusses the most relevant consequences and proposals that resulted from parametric investigations. Section 23.4 pays special attention to the minimalist approach to universal grammar and its consequences for the study of language variation. Section 23.5 summarizes the main conclusions.
Ángel J. Gallego is a Lector at the Departament de Filologia Espanyola of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, where he defended his doctoral dissertation, ‘Phase Theory and Parametric Variation’. He is a member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, a center of research on theoretical linguistics founded in the early 1980s. His main interests and publications concern the areas of syntax, comparative grammar, and parametric variation (especially within Romance languages).
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