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Is the Best Good Enough? Optimality and Competition in Syntax (Mit Working Papers in Linguistics)

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Recent developments in linguistic theory have led to a reconsideration of the role of optimality in the overall architecture of the grammar. Emerging from this research is the idea that different components of the grammar interact to yield the best choice from a set of candidate derivations. This idea departs from traditional approaches to the output of linguistic levels in generative grammar, in which rules, principles, and constraints interact to determine the grammatical status of each linguistic object independent of the status of possible competitors.In the past five years, interest in the linguistic role of optimality has been sparked by the sharpened notions of "economy" in Chomsky's Minimalist Program and by Prince and Smolensky's Optimality Theory, originally developed for phonology. Work on these ideas has raised many new questions. These include new versions of an old debate between constraints on derivations and constraints on representations, and entirely new questions about the nature of the candidate set, as well as questions about learnability and computability. Writing from a broad range of empirical and theoretical perspectives, the contributors to this volume examine the role of competition in syntax and in syntactic interfaces with semantics, phonology, and pragmatics, as well as implications for language acquisition and processing.Contributors : Peter Ackema, Eric J. Bakovic, Joan Bresnan, Kevin Broihier, Luigi Burzio, Noam Chomsky, Danny Fox, Edward Gibson, Jane Grimshaw, Yookyung Kim, Geraldine Legendre, Masanori Nakamura, Ad Neeleman, Mark Newson, David Pesetsky, Stanley Peters, Geoffrey Poole, Douglas Pulleyblank, Vieri Samek-Lodovici, Paul Smolensky, Bruce Tesar, William J. Turkel, Colin Wilson.A copublication of The MIT Press and MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

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Recent developments in linguistic theory have led to a reconsideration of the role of optimality in the overall architecture of the grammar. Emerging from this research is the idea that different components of the grammar interact to yield the best choice from a set of candidate derivations. This idea departs from traditional approaches to the output of linguistic levels in generative grammar, in which rules, principles, and constraints interact to determine the grammatical status of each linguistic object independent of the status of possible competitors.

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A copublication of The MIT Press and MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

About the Author

David Pesetsky is Ferrari P. Ward Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics and Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT. He is the author of Zero Syntax: Experiencers and Cascades and Phrasal Movement and Its Kin, both published by the MIT Press. Pesetsky is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recently elected a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America.

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ISBN:
9780262522496
Editor:
Barbosa, Pilar
Editor:
Fox, Danny
Editor:
Hagstrom, Paul
Editor:
Barbosa, Pilar
Editor:
Fox, Danny
Author:
Pilar Barbosa Danny Fo
Author:
Barbosa, Pilar
Author:
Hagstrom, Paul
Author:
Pesetsky, David
Author:
McGinnis, Martha
Author:
Fox, Daniel
Author:
Fox, Danny
Editor:
Hagstrom, Paul
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Congresses
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general
Subject:
Syntax
Subject:
Optimality theory (Linguistics) -- Congresses.
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Is the Best Good Enough? Optimality and Competition in Syntax
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9.9 x 6.9 x 1.1 in

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"Synopsis" by , Recent developments in linguistic theory have led to a reconsideration of the role of optimality in the overall architecture of the grammar. Emerging from this research is the idea that different components of the grammar interact to yield the best choice from a set of candidate derivations. This idea departs from traditional approaches to the output of linguistic levels in generative grammar, in which rules, principles, and constraints interact to determine the grammatical status of each linguistic object independent of the status of possible competitors.
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