Deriving Narrow Syntax through constraints on information structure: a parallel between linguistic models of displacement and database theory

De Vos, M. (2008) Deriving Narrow Syntax through constraints on information structure: a parallel between linguistic models of displacement and database theory. Lingua, 118 . pp. 1864-1899. ISSN 0024-3841

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Abstract

This paper presents a research program for normalization-driven syntax. It takes theMinimalist research agenda as a starting point (Chomsky 1995. The Minimalist Program. MIT Press, Cambridge MA.) and explores the question of how the CI interface determines syntactic operations. The proposal provides specific content to the notion of bare output conditions and the nature of the CI interface. It does so by drawing on the tools provided by Relational Theory, a branch of set-theoretic mathematics, and Database Theory, a branch of computer science. It is demonstrated that core components of Narrow Syntax (phrase structure, selection and AGREE) are all definable in terms of Relational Theory. Then, it is shown that the process of relation optimization, or normalization, can derive chain formation. The article concludes with two speculations on the implementation of phases within a normalization-driven grammar and the implications of such a system for the learnability of the lexicon.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:syntax, minimalism, LF interface, database normalization; normal forms; relational theory; move; syntactic relations; functional dependency
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
ID Code:1264
Deposited By: Dr Mark De Vos
Deposited On:26 Nov 2008
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