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Linguistic minimalism : origins, concepts, methods, and aims

Author: Cedric Boeckx
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2006
Series: Oxford linguistics
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents an introduction to the Minimalist Program for linguistic theory, the radical version of Noam Chomsky's naturalistic approach to language. This work examines its foundations, explains its  Read more...

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Named Person: Noam Chomsky
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cedric Boeckx
ISBN: 9780199297573 0199297576 9780199297580 0199297584
OCLC Number: 475197587
Notes: Series statement from jacket
Description: ix, 246 s. : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Minimalist Gamble ; 1.1 Minimalism in a nutshell ; 1.2 How to approach minimalism ; 1.3 Author's aims ; 2. The Minimalist roots ; 2.1 The birth of modern biolinguistics ; 2.2 Levels of Adequacy ; 2.3 The Poverty of Stimulus, and what must be done about it ; 2.4 Computational properties of the language organ ; 2.4.1 Early results ; 2.4.2 Later developments ; 2.4.3 Parameters ; 2.5 Conclusion ; 3. The Minimalist Core ; 3.1 The Minimalist Core ; 3.1.1 The Minimalist Core ; 3.1.2 Some Generalizations ; 3.2 Taking stock ; 3.3 The notion of 'program' and how it applies to minimalism ; 3.3.1 Program vs. Theory ; 3.3.2 Lakatos on research programs ; 3.4 Conclusion ; 4. The Minimalist Impact ; 4.1 The Galilean Style in science ; 4.2 Why-questions ; 4.3 Beauty in science ; 4.4 The Galilean Style and Biology ; 4.4.1 Linguistics as biology ; 4.4.2 Two scientific cultures ; 4.4.3 Back to Laws of Form ; 4.4.4 The evolution of the language faculty ; 4.4.5 Language and cognition ; 4.5 Conclusion ; 5. Minimalist Highlights ; 5.1. Caveat lector ; 5.2. Evaluating the objections to the program ; 5.3. Specific minimalist analyses ; 5.3.1. Control ; 5.3.2. Copies and linearization ; 5.3.3. A constraint on multiple wh-fronting ; 5.3.4. Successive cyclicity ; 5.3.5. Bare Phrase Structure ; 5.3.6. Sluicing ; 5.3.7. Parasitic gaps ; 5.3.8. Existential constructions ; 5.4. Conclusion ; 6. The minimalist Seduction
Series Title: Oxford linguistics
Responsibility: Cedric Boeckx

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