As I understand it, P&P and Minimalism are "programs", which are like different ways of thinking about syntax. G&B is the generative grammar that is based on P&P. (I think that's all correct.) However, it seems like Minimalism is getting rid of some of the G&B rules and structures, so wouldn't this make it a new theory?

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    These are different stages of evolution of the same method of inquiry: chronologically P&P > GB > Minimalist Program.
    – Alex B.
    Sep 2, 2019 at 16:21
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    They are all MIT theories, which means they originated from Chomsky's works and carry his blessing, though it has expired for the earlier ones.
    – jlawler
    Sep 3, 2019 at 19:47


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