Minimalist Analysis

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This volume presents an introduction to the basic ideas and concepts of Minimalism, arguably the most important recent development in syntax. It succeeds in bringing together theoretical discussion of the concepts and techniques of the Minimalist approach to syntax, and detailed empirical studies, some on phenomena that have not been investigated in recent syntactic frameworks. Minimalist Analysis clearly expounds important new ideas and their motivation, presents interesting new data along with a fresh look at ...
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Overview

This volume presents an introduction to the basic ideas and concepts of Minimalism, arguably the most important recent development in syntax. It succeeds in bringing together theoretical discussion of the concepts and techniques of the Minimalist approach to syntax, and detailed empirical studies, some on phenomena that have not been investigated in recent syntactic frameworks. Minimalist Analysis clearly expounds important new ideas and their motivation, presents interesting new data along with a fresh look at some old data, and places current ideas in their historical context.
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"Howard Lasnik has a knack for taking very abstruse ideas and teasing delightful empirical consequences from them. In this collection of essays he applies this talent to current Minimalist theory. In the process he explicates and refines core technical notions of the Minimalist enterprise and lays bare its larger logic. For those intrigued by Minimalism but who aren’t quite sure how to "do it" I can think of no better advice than the following: read these essays and imitate shamelessly!" – Norbert R. Hornstein, University of Maryland

"Minimalist Analysis highlights and sharpens the empirical focus of work on Chomsky’s Minimalist program. Lasnik’s investigations of a broad range of syntactic phenomena elucidate the central concepts and analyses of Minimalism and motivate some significant modifications. These clear and insightful case studies illuminate the complex interactions between theory and data. This is an outstanding collection and an important resource for linguistic theory." –Robert Freidin, Princeton University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631210931
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Generative Syntax Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Lasnik is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Connecticut. He has played a prominent role in syntactic theorizing from the extended Standard Theory, through Government-Binding Theory, to Minimalism. He is the author of Move Alpha: Conditions on Its Application and Output (with Mamoru Saito), 1992; An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Vol. 1, Language (with Daniel Osherson), 1990; Essays on Restrictiveness and Learnability, 1990; Essays on Anaphora, 1989; and A Course in GB Syntax: Lectures on Binding and Empty categories (with Juan Uriagereka), 1988. He is also editor, with Daniel Osherson, of An Invitation to Cognitive Science, Vol. 1, Language (1990).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Original Publication Details
1 Introduction 1
2 On the Subject of Infinitives 7
3 Lectures on Minimalist Syntax 25
4 Case and Expletives Revisited: On Greed and other Human Failings 74
5 Verbal Morphology: Syntactic Structures Meets the Minimalist Program 97
6 Last Resort 120
7 A Note on Pseudogapping 151
8 On Certain Structural Aspects of Anaphora 175
Bibliography 194
Index 203
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