Insertion minimalist grammars: Eliminating redundancies between merge and move

Tim Hunter

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Abstract

Minimalist Grammars (MGs) provide a setting for rigourous investigations of ideas that have been proposed at a more intuitive level in mainstream work in generative syntax. I address one such idea, namely the possibility that when an element appears to be "displaced", it might be usefully analysed not as having merged into one position and then moved to another position, but rather as simply having merged into one position, and then merged again into another. Intuitively, there appears to be some redundancy in a system where merge and move are unrelated primitive operations, because the structures that they build are of the same sort. I offer a careful illustration of how a MG variant based upon re-merging can eliminate these redundancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Mathematics of Language - 12th Biennial Conference, MOL 12, Proceedings
Pages90-107
Number of pages18
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event12th Meeting on Mathematics of Language, MOL 12 - Nara, Japan
Duration: Sep 6 2011Sep 8 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6878 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other12th Meeting on Mathematics of Language, MOL 12
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period9/6/119/8/11

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