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What is the best introduction to Chomskyan linguistics?
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The current generative (Chomskyan) approach to syntax is known as the minimalist program. If you want a rigorous introduction to this formalism, you should check Understanding Minimalism (2005) by ...

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Restrictions on Wh-movement
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Successive cyclic wh-movement is motivated by theoretical principles of minimal computation, as well as empirical data. There's nothing inherently wrong with the 'one fell swoop' analysis, but cyclic ...

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Why is merge useful?
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Merge is more useful as a structure building operation than traditional phrase structure rules or X-bar theory, because unlike the latter, it can freely intersperse with movement. If you require ...

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Is there a branch of linguistics using Calculus as a mathematical tool?
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There's a mathematical physicist who related graphs grammars and Feynman graphs. She comes up with the, perhaps unwarranted, conclusion that any context free graph grammar determines an insertion Lie ...

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Why cannot the Intermediate Structure be again XP, instead of X'?
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The three projections of X'-bar theory namely X, X', and XP exist to establish the Head-Complement, Specifer-Head, and Adjunct relations. If intermediate projections were also XPs, then there would be ...

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Is the wh-expression "How" an adjunct of VP?
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Your analysis is not correct. It is well known that wh-extraction out of adjuncts is impossible. See Huang 1982. Thankfully, the derivation of your sentence involves neither wh-extraction nor ...

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A syntactician "must-read" list
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Learn some formal language theory via Sipser's Intro to the Theory of Computation. Having the background will be useful when dealing with Minimalist Grammars and their parsers.

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How are DPs generally structured when just encapsulating a noun?
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Proper nouns when considered as DPs will be merged with a phonetically null determiner. We can make this specific by positing that certain phonetically null determiners bear a uproper feature, that is ...

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What morphosyntactic features are associated with VSO?
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With VP shells, one way to analyze VSO languages is to say the tense features on the light verb v are strong, while the EPP (Extended Projection Principle) feature is weak (i.e. the subject stays in ...

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Is there any neurological/biological evidence of Merge?
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Many aspects of cognition lack neurobiological evidence - consciousness for instance. Now if Cartesian duality is correct (and given its formidable presence in the history of philosophy, it's not a ...

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Is language is more about "intent" rather than a great tool for communication?
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Chomsky made the distinction between linguistic competence and linguistic performance. Competence is the internalized knowledge possessed by a native speaker, while performance covers all other ...

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Syntax-semantics interface
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Realize that linguistic competence (i.e. I(Internal)-language) is the object of study in generative grammar. Hence, syntactic computation consisting of Merge + Move giving rise to LF is NOT meant to ...

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