Elementary Syntactic Structures: Prospects of a Feature-Free by Cedric Boeckx

By Cedric Boeckx

So much syntacticians, regardless of their theoretical persuasion, agree that includes (types or different types) are an important devices of research. inside Chomskyan generative grammar, the significance of positive aspects has grown gradually and inside of minimalism, it may be stated that every thing is determined by positive aspects. they're hindrances in any interdisciplinary research in regards to the nature of language and it's not easy to visualize a syntactic description that doesn't discover them. For the 1st time, this e-book turns grammar the wrong way up and proposes a brand new version of syntax that's greater fitted to interdisciplinary interactions, and exhibits how syntax can continue freed from lexical impact. The empirical area tested is huge, and the entire basic devices and houses of syntax (categories, parameters, final hotel, labelling, and hierarchies) are rethought. beginning up new avenues of research, this ebook can be helpful to researchers and scholars in syntactic conception, and linguistics extra extensively.

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Here too, we begin in medias res. 19 One should adopt exo-lexicalism in toto, that is, do away with any remnant of lexicalism. Marantz (1995) is wrong, minimalism (seen as the attempt to go beyond explanatory adequacy) is not the end of syntax, it’s the end of the all-powerful lexicon. The solution is not to let syntax blindly follow lexical instructions, but rather to let syntax construct the lexicon, for it is only by constructing things that one can hope to explain them. The Inclusiveness guideline suggested by 18 For example, Marantz (2013) correctly points out that it is wrong to talk about unaccusative vs.

See next chapter for discussion. 8 For Marantz, Borer, and others, roots are special precisely because of the asymmetry in the lexicon between roots and functional units. ”9 For Harley, this means that roots, like functional elements, can project. For me, since no element projects in the syntax, roots are no different from functional units. The lack of a pre-syntactic lexical distinction between lexical and functional units is in fact an important property of the present model (see Manzini and Savoia (2011) for a partially converging view), and an important difference with the models like that of Sigurdsson (2011), which otherwise seek to reduce the content of the pre-syntactic, narrow lexicon.

It seems [John has left] (4) a. *seems [John to have left] b. *John seems [t has left] 20 1 Biolinguistic concerns From the use of features, minimalists quickly moved to the abuse of features. Cartographic representations (even fine-grained ones such as those assumed by proponents of nano-syntax; see Starke (2010)) encode notions that cannot possibly be taken as primitives: “ProcessP” or “EvaluativeMoodP” are almost certainly the output of syntax-dependent interpretive processes, not pre-syntactic primitives.

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