By Glyn Hicks
The Derivation of Anaphoric Relations resolves a conspicuous challenge for Minimalist idea, the it seems that representational nature of the binding stipulations. Hicks adduces a wide number of proof opposed to the binding stipulations utilizing at LF and builds upon the insights of modern proposals by way of Hornstein, Kayne, and Reuland through decreasing them to the center narrow-syntactic operations (specifically, Agree and Merge). numerous novel and independently inspired claims approximately syntactic beneficial properties and stages are made, not just explaining the formerly stipulated roles performed via c-command, reference, and locality, yet furnishing the dervational binding idea with adequate flexibility to seize a few long-problematic empirical phenomena: those contain connectivity results, ‘picture-noun’ reflexives in English, and anaphor/pronoun non-complementarity. particular proposals also are made for extending the derivational method of accommodate based crosslinguistic edition in binding, with thorough expositions and analyses of the Dutch, Norwegian, and Icelandic pronominal structures.
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The rest of this chapter outlines certain Minimalist assumptions, before examining their consequences for the binding theory. Core Minimalist assumptions At the heart of Minimalism is the formalisation of the role of economy in the computational system. In essence, less is more. While particular theories of linguistic phenomena have long been subject to the methodology of Occam’s Razor, Chomsky (1993) also applies it to the architecture of the grammar; any suspect devices, levels, etc. are dispensed with.
Accordingly, (23a) is ungrammatical since PRO is not controlled by the required antecedent we, while (23b) is grammatical because it is controlled by the required antecedent us. Summary This approach to anaphoric relations represents the first step towards assimilating constraints on binding to those on movement, a productive research programme which has since borne fruit but, equally, has encountered many obstacles. However, there remain many empirical gaps, and most importantly, reflexive pronouns are given only a passing mention.
These features must be eliminated by syntactic means, since they cannot be interpreted by the interfaces, and their presence in the relevant interface representation will crash the derivation (by the principle of Full Interpretation). As the assumptions about the nature of features have changed somewhat during the lifespan of Minimalism, I now introduce a particular implementation of the programme, which I term the Derivation by Phase model (Chomsky 2000, 2001, 2004a). Features With the architecture in place, we turn to the mechanisms of narrow syntax, that is, how formal features are manipulated.
The Derivation of Anaphoric Relations (Linguistik Aktuell Linguistics Today) by Glyn Hicks