Syntax in performance: minimalist derivation in the late assignment of syntax theory

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/126646
Title:
Syntax in performance: minimalist derivation in the late assignment of syntax theory
Author:
O'Bryan, Erin L.
Affiliation:
University of Arizona
Publisher:
University of Arizona Linguistics Circle
Journal:
Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Language in Cognitive Science
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/126646
Abstract:
This paper presents an account of how Minimalist derivation (Chomsky 1995) can be embedded in a comprehension model, the Late Assignment of Syntax Theory (LAST) (Townsend & Bever, 2001). The issues addressed concern the interface between the first step of the model, in which heuristic strategies apply to the utterance, and the second step, Minimalist derivation. Two questions about the interface are addressed: 1) How are features in the numeration needed to begin a Minimalist derivation chosen? 2) What dictates which units Merge in the derivation? Chomsky (1995:226-227) claims that we do not need to ask either question. I review his reasons and argue that we can and should answer these questions in a workable comprehension model. In response to the first question, I demonstrate that heuristic strategies applied to the utterance determine which features enter the numeration. In response to the second question, I discuss how heuristic strategies combined with lexical information determine which items Merge.
Type:
text; Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0894-4539

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dc.contributor.authorO'Bryan, Erin L.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-03-31T18:08:15Z-
dc.date.available2011-03-31T18:08:15Z-
dc.date.issued2001-
dc.identifier.issn0894-4539-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/126646-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents an account of how Minimalist derivation (Chomsky 1995) can be embedded in a comprehension model, the Late Assignment of Syntax Theory (LAST) (Townsend & Bever, 2001). The issues addressed concern the interface between the first step of the model, in which heuristic strategies apply to the utterance, and the second step, Minimalist derivation. Two questions about the interface are addressed: 1) How are features in the numeration needed to begin a Minimalist derivation chosen? 2) What dictates which units Merge in the derivation? Chomsky (1995:226-227) claims that we do not need to ask either question. I review his reasons and argue that we can and should answer these questions in a workable comprehension model. In response to the first question, I demonstrate that heuristic strategies applied to the utterance determine which features enter the numeration. In response to the second question, I discuss how heuristic strategies combined with lexical information determine which items Merge.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona Linguistics Circleen_US
dc.titleSyntax in performance: minimalist derivation in the late assignment of syntax theoryen_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Language in Cognitive Scienceen_US
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