- 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 discusses a new area of research within locality (and minimalism) – that of anti-locality – which deals with the minimal distance that dependencies must span to be licit. It first positions the idea of ‘anti-locality’ with respect to both the current understanding of the notion and its roots in generative theorizing. This eventually leads to an exposition of the Anti-Locality Hypothesis in the context of a structural tripartition through Prolific Domains, and, subsequently, to the notion of Copy Spell-Out as a ‘repair strategy’ to void an anti-locality violation that would arise otherwise. This is finally related to the conceptual underpinnings of Prolific Domains, and a specific explanation of the Anti-Locality Hypothesis stemming from interface conditions on the derivation and the computational system at large.
Kleanthes K. Grohmann is Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus. He has published a monograph (Prolific Domains, 2003) a textbook (Understanding Minimalism, 2005, with Norbert Hornstein and Jairo Nunes), and several collected volumes on interface syntax and theory. He has published his research widely in numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other contributions. He is co-editor of the open-access journal Biolinguistics (with Cedric Boeckx) and of the John Benjamins book series Language Faculty and Beyond (with Pierre Pica).
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