- 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 applies minimalist concerns to the domain of morphophonology. It advocates a bottom-up approach to phonology, made possible by treating the phonological module as a system of abstract symbolic computation, divorced from phonetic content. This approach has come to be called ‘substance-free phonology’. The article argues that phonologists must stop the practice of ‘substance abuse’, or misguidedly mixing the study of phonological form with the properties of phonetic content.
Bridget Samuels is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009. Her research interests include phonological theory, the syntax-phonology interface, and the evolution of language.
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