Structure Building That Can't Be

Samuel David Epstein, Hisatsugu Kitahara, T. Daniel Seely

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Abstract

This chapter proposes and explores a "new" deduction of cyclic Transfer. A new account of cyclic Transfer is motivated since Chomsky's (2007, 2008) "valuation-induced" account has both conceptual and empirical problems. The proposal is guided by strict adherence to: Strong Minimalist Thesis (optimal satisfaction of the interfaces) and 3rd factor considerations. There is one necessary, and simple, structure building operation, Merge. Minimizing search, External Merge can apply only to root nodes. Internal Merge can apply only if all External Merges have been exhausted. Internal Merge, based on the simplest form of Merge, creates structures which trigger Transfer. cyclic Transfer is then a natural and immediate consequence of strict adherence to SMT and 3rd factor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWays of Structure Building
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191741609, 9780199644933
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 20

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Noam Chomsky
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Keywords

  • Cyclic transfer
  • Interfaces
  • Merge
  • Minimalism
  • Phase
  • Phrase structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Epstein, S. D., Kitahara, H., & Seely, T. D. (2012). Structure Building That Can't Be. In Ways of Structure Building Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644933.003.0011

Structure Building That Can't Be. / Epstein, Samuel David; Kitahara, Hisatsugu; Seely, T. Daniel.

Ways of Structure Building. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Epstein, SD, Kitahara, H & Seely, TD 2012, Structure Building That Can't Be. in Ways of Structure Building. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644933.003.0011
Epstein SD, Kitahara H, Seely TD. Structure Building That Can't Be. In Ways of Structure Building. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644933.003.0011
Epstein, Samuel David ; Kitahara, Hisatsugu ; Seely, T. Daniel. / Structure Building That Can't Be. Ways of Structure Building. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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