1

In Uriagereka's 1999 article, Multiple Spell-out, the term cascade is used in several places. I just conjecture its meaning but don't get exact one. What does a cascade mean in syntax.

  • 2
    It would help if you quote one or two sentences or paragraphs for context. – prash Oct 4 '14 at 12:58
  • Yes. It's not a term used much in syntax any more; it doesn't sound very minimalist. In any event, it's a recursive phenomenon with a temporal sequence and usually positive feedback builtin. – jlawler Oct 4 '14 at 17:24
  • 1
    I use the term "cascade" as a metaphorical description of head-intitial structures. Head-initial structures "cascade" down toward the right (in left-to-right processing). Perhaps Uriagereka is using it in a similar way, i.e. as a sort of metaphor to describe the structures he is looking at. – Tim Osborne Oct 5 '14 at 0:40
3

Actually, it is a derivational cascade. I think it's Juan Uriagereka's terminology. Uriagereka 2005 writes that command units (or CU's, objects formed by the continuous application of Merge to the same object) are spelled-out at the end of each derivational cascade. The more common term in the Minimalist Program is a phase.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.