- 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 reviews some of the many and varied arguments for the ‘split-vP’ syntactic architecture that has taken over most of the functions of theta theory in the old Government and Binding framework, and considers how it can account for the central facts of argument structure and argument structure-changing operations. It then reviews the framework-wide implications of the new approach, which are considerable.
Heidi Harley is Professor in the Linguistics department at the University of Arizona. She works on lexical semantics, syntax, and the syntax/morphology interface, and has published on these topics in English, Japanese, Irish, Italian, and Hiaki (Yaqui). Her work has appeared in Linguistic Inquiry, Language, and Lingua, among others.
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