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date: 15 August 2020

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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.

Keywords: minimalist program, parametric variation, linguistic variation, Government and Binding, Principles & Parameters, universal grammar

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