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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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How Did We Get Here? Principles and Early History of Mainstream Syntax

How Did We Get Here? Principles and Early History of Mainstream Syntax

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(p.44) CHAPTER 2 How Did We Get Here? Principles and Early History of Mainstream 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/9780199271092.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the historical and conceptual development of mainstream generative grammar. The principles of argumentation in mainstream syntax are discussed. The history of modern mainstream syntactic theory is reviewed, showing that most of the machinery of mainstream generative grammar — classical transformational grammar, GB Theory, Principles and Parameters Theory, and the Minimalist Program — is a consequence of four fundamental axioms.

Keywords:   mainstream generative grammar, uniformity, syntactic theory, generative grammar, classical transformational grammar, GB theory, minimalist program

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