- 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 is divided into two main parts. The first goes over some fairly general considerations about derivations before descending into some more specific discussion of some derivationalists. It then focuses on a series of appealingly intricate and internecine comments on c-command. The article argues that c-command and representationalism fit together very well. A concomitant point is that a purported major success of derivationalism in this domain is rather more problematic than is often supposed. If c-command is judged useful and desirable, then this finding is discommodious for the alleged supernumerary status of representations.
Robert A. Chametzky teaches in the linguistics department at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Phrase Structure: From GB to Minimalism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000).
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