- 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
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.
Robert Freidin is Professor of Linguistics in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. His research concerns syntax and semantics, focusing on the foundations of syntactic theory (the central concepts of syntactic analysis and their evolution) and their role in the study of language and mind. Some of this work is collected in Generative Grammar: Theory and its History (2007). His most recent publications include ‘The Roots of Minimalism’ (with Howard Lasnik) in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism, ‘A Brief History of Generative Grammar’ in The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Language, and Syntax: Basic Concepts and Applications (forthcoming).
Howard Lasnik is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. He is one of the world's leading theoretical linguists and has produced influential and important work in areas such as syntactic theory, logical form, and learnability. His publications include Essays on Anaphora (1989), Minimalist Syntax (Blackwell 1999), and Minimalist Investigations in Linguistic Theory (2003).
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