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Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax places ahead a unique idea of syntax that rigidly adheres to the main of minimum Computation, during which a couple of conventional yet extraneous conditions similar to referential indices and representational labels/projections are eradicated. It particularly articulates the overarching speculation that each syntactic item consists via recursive, phase-by-phase embedding of the endocentric constitution {H, α}, the place H is a head lexical merchandise and α is one other syntactic item (order irrelevant). The proposed mechanism achieves either theory-internal simplicity and wide empirical assurance whilst, advancing a significantly decreased perception of endocentricty/headedness whereas deriving a few empirically grounded constraints on human language.

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Endocentric structuring of projection-free syntax

Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax places ahead a unique thought of syntax that rigidly adheres to the main of minimum Computation, within which a couple of conventional yet extraneous conditions comparable to referential indices and representational labels/projections are eradicated. It particularly articulates the overarching speculation that each syntactic item consists via recursive, phase-by-phase embedding of the endocentric constitution {H, α}, the place H is a head lexical merchandise and α is one other syntactic item (order irrelevant).

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I am not primarily claiming here that we can technically circumvent the problem of inclusiveness by stipulating that IM applies at the same time with Transfer. Rather, my stronger claim is that it is the satisfaction of the IC (21) that leads syntax to adopt derivational simultaneity of IM and Transfer, as a necessary result of MC. It remains to be determined what sort of information is subjected to Transfer when it is in concert with IM. 5. 2 Derivational simultaneity of Value/Agree and Transfer Since Merge is just a set-formation operation, it cannot rearrange elements internal to already-formed SOs, satisfying the NTC (22).

2002, Fitch et al. 2005), it is natural to expect that it rather strongly Chapter 2. Bare phrase structure and cyclic derivation by phase configures and determines the properties of the human-unique thoughts, not vice versa. Specifically for “propositionality,” Hinzen, for example, argues that this is a stipulation from “semantic externalism” in the literature of philosophy, and should be eliminated in favor of a naturalistic (and internalist) theory of syntax (see also Chomsky 1995a, 2000b). In this approach, the properties of propositions, if they bear any significance at CI, are reduced to objects that are configured (or “carved out”22) by the role of CP/vP in syntactic generation.

S′ COMP S Infl NP whati D N the boy will VP V NP eat N ti Chapter 2. Bare phrase structure and cyclic derivation by phase As representatively shown by this example, transformations are by their very nature rules of insertion and tampering, and every application of a transformation violates the IC and the NTC. Correspondingly, it was practically impossible to even formulate the IC and the NTC. This partially explains why the formulations of the IC and the NTC had to await four to five decades after Chomsky (1955/1975b, 1957) put forward transformational generative grammar, though the concerns have arguably persisted throughout the history of generative linguistics.

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