- 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
Perhaps more clearly than any other field, the study of child language acquisition highlights the continuity from the Principles & Parameters framework to the Minimalist Program. This article is organized as follows. The first half lays bare the mechanisms whereby, assuming universal grammar (UG), the child is able to analyze and compare the input data. The fact that we are able to build a fairly intimate model of how UG extends to models that accept the raw primary linguistic data is a support both for the abstractions of minimalism and for the data-comparison systems which utilize them. The second half explores the promise of minimalism in the microscopic terrain of spontaneous acquisition. It provides an overview of where minimalist principles are at work: Merge and Label, Merge over Move, the Strong Minimalist Thesis, and its impact upon recursion.
Charles Yang received his Ph.D. in computer science at MIT, and is now on the faculty of linguistics and computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. His main research interests include language acquisition, variation, and change, with special focus on computational models and quantitative methods.
Thomas Roeper is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works primarily in theoretical approaches to language acquisition and morphology. His current work is on the acquisition of wh-movement with Jill de Villiers of Smith College. In morphology, he has focused on implicit arguments, productive morphology, and lexical rules. He is the author of The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism (MIT Press, 2007).
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