Exploring Crash-Proof Grammars

| The Pennsylvania State University
ISBN 9789027208200 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027288011 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
The Minimalist Program has advanced a research program that builds the design of human language from conceptual necessity. Seminal proposals by Frampton & Gutmann (1999, 2000, 2002) introduced the notion that an ideal syntactic theory should be ‘crash-proof’. Such a version of the Minimalist Program (or any other linguistic theory) would not permit syntactic operations to produce structures that ‘crash’. There have, however, been some recent developments in Minimalism – especially those that approach linguistic theory from a biolinguistic perspective (cf. Chomsky 2005 et seq.) – that have called the pursuit of a ‘crash-proof grammar’ into serious question. The papers in this volume take on the daunting challenge of defining exactly what a ‘crash’ is and what a ‘crash-proof grammar’ would look like, and of investigating whether or not the pursuit of a ‘crash-proof grammar’ is biolinguistically appealing.
[Language Faculty and Beyond, 3]  2010.  xii, 301 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgments
List of contributors
Exploring crash-proof grammars: An introduction
Michael T. Putnam
Part I Applications of crash-proof grammar
Computation efficiency and feature inheritance in crash-proof syntax
Hamid Ouali
Implications of grammatical gender for the theory of uninterpretable features
Vicki Carstens
The Empty Left Edge Condition
Halldór Ármann Sigur∂sson and Joan Maling
Part II The crash-proof debate
Grammaticality, interfaces, and UG
Dennis Ott
A tale of two minimalisms: Reflections on the plausibility of crash-proof syntax, and its free-merge alternative
Cedric Boeckx
Uninterpretable features: What are they and what do they do?
Samuel David Epstein, Hisatsugu Kitahara and T. Daniel Seely
Syntactic relations in Survive-minimalism
Michael T. Putnam and Thomas Stroik
Toward a strongly derivational syntax
Balázs Surányi
On the mathematical foundations of crash-proof grammars
Tommi Tsz-Cheung Leung
Crash-proof syntax and filters
Hans Broekhuis and Ralf Vogel
Crash-free syntax and crash phenomena in model-theoretic grammar
Rui P. Chaves
“Mike Putnam has put together the perfect and most up to date gateway into the world of crash-proof syntax. Can syntactic derivations fail to produce viable structures of meaning and sound? This is a cutting-edge and radically open question of human language design, which affects both linguistic description and theory, within and beyond linguistic Minimalism. Whatever one’s answer to the question, the journey into this important territory should start from this book.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010018680 | Marc record