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Minimality Effects in Syntax

Ed. by Stepanov, Arthur / Fanselow, Gisbert / Vogel, Ralf

Series:Studies in Generative Grammar [SGG] 70


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    August 2008
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    Aims and Scope

    The volume is a collection of 12 papers which focus on empirical and theoretical issues associated with syntactic phenomena falling under the rubric of Relativized Minimality (Rizzi 1990) or, in more recent terms, Minimal Link Condition (MLC, Chomsky 1995). The bulk of the papers are based on the ideas presented at the Workshop "Minimal Link Effects in Minimalist and Optimality Theoretic Syntax" which took place at the University of Potsdam on March 21-22, 2002.

    All contributors are prominent specialists in the topic of syntactic Minimality. The empirical phenomena brought to bear on Minimality/MLC in the present volume include, but not limited to:

    • Superiority effects in multiple wh-questions, including those with 'D-linked' wh-phrase(s) (Müller, Haida, Haider)
    • Stylistic Fronting in Germanic and Romance (Fisher, Poole)
    • Transitive sentences in Hindi-type ergative languages (Stepanov)
    • Word order 'freezing' effects in double-nominative constructions in Korean (Lee)
    • Double object constructions in Greek (Anagnostoupoulou)
    • Remnant constituent displacement in German and Japanese (Hale and Legendre)

    Nine of the proposed accounts are couched in the Minimalist framework (Chomsky 1995, 2000, 2001), three in the framework of Optimality Theory (Prince and Smolensky 1993). Thematically, the contributions divide into three groups addressing the following major questions:

    How can apparent violations of syntactic Minimality/MLC be accounted for? (Haida, Stepanov, Poole, Fisher, Anagnostopoulou)

    What is the status of MLC? Is it a primitive or a theorem in the grammar? (Müller, Fanselow, Lechner, Vogel, Lee, Haider)

    Can Minimality phenomena shed decisive evidence in favor of a derivational (Minimalist type) or a representational (Optimality theory like) framework? (Hale and Legendre, Haider)

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    Arthur Stepanov is Researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany.

    Gisbert Fanselow is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

    Ralf Vogel is Researcher at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany.

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