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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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Later History of Mainstream Syntax

Later History of Mainstream Syntax

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(p.73) CHAPTER 3 Later 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/9780199271092.003.0003

This chapter begins by exploring the consequences of a particular instantiation of Uniformity called UTAH (Uniform Theta-role Assignment Hypothesis). Repeated application of UTAH drives the development of MGG from Government/Binding Theory to later Principles and Parameters Theory. The Minimalist Program is considered in light of this development, and aspects of MP shared with earlier theories are highlighted. It is shown how the application of Uniformity in the development of mainstream generative grammar (MGG) has made the Minimalist Program indistinguishable in its essential architecture from Generative Semantics, long discredited. Finally, the chapter outlines the architectures of a theory that are motivated principally by Uniformity rather than empirical considerations, and which moreover introduce an arguably unacceptable cost in terms of theoretical complexity elsewhere in the grammar.

Keywords:   uniformity, UTAH, mainstream generative grammar, Minimalist Program, semantics

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