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Simpler Syntax$
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Peter W. Culicover and Ray Jackendoff

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271092.001.0001

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Why Simpler Syntax?

Why Simpler Syntax?

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(p.3) CHAPTER I Why Simpler Syntax?
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Simpler Syntax
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Peter W. Culicover (Contributor Webpage)

Ray Jackendoff (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271092.003.0001

This chapter begins with a discussion of the simpler syntax hypothesis (SSH). It argues that given some phenomenon that has provided putative evidence for elaborate syntactic structure, there exists numerous examples which involve semantic or pragmatic factors, and such factors are either impossible to code uniformly into a reasonable syntactic level, or impossible to convert into surface structure by suitably general syntactic derivation. The Bare Argument Ellipsis, goals of linguistic theory, the architecture of grammar, and core grammar and its relation to universal grammar, are discussed.

Keywords:   simpler syntax hypothesis, toolkit hypothesis, syntax-semantics interface, Bare Argument Ellipsis, linguistic theory, grammar, derivations, language, lexicon

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