Exploring Crash-Proof Grammars

ORCID logoMichael T. Putnam | The Pennsylvania State University
ISBN 9789027208200 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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
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“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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Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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