Derivations: Exploring the Dynamics of Syntax (Routledge by Juan Uriagereka

By Juan Uriagereka

Derivations attracts jointly the most influential paintings of 1 of the world's major syntactitians, Juan Uriagekera. those essays supply numerous empirical analyses and technical suggestions in the Minimalist application. The publication persues a naturalistic tackle Minimalism, explicitly connecting a number of linguistic rules and stipulations to arguably analogous legislation and conditions in nature.

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This “wormhole” between Chomsky’s last work and his first is, I think, very important for two reasons. One is intrinsic to MP, and clearly noted on p. 168. What are we to make of a system that is “perfect,” in the sense of MP – that is, presenting “discrete unboundedness,” “plastic underdeterminacy” and “structural economy”? Perhaps Chomsky’s greatest intellectual contribution so far is having the world acknowledge that there is something biological to grammar. But what is biological about those “perfect” properties?

Again, the system goes with the derivational decision that leads to this result, in compliance with (7), and thus predicting languages of the sort in (5b). The logic of the reasoning forces us to say that, in languages of the sort in (5a), alternative derivational steps are equally entropic. Observe that, if this is indeed the case, familiar economy considerations as in (8) will predict (9a) (with no costly moves) to outrank (9b). But why should it be that in the relevant circumstances entropy gets equalized?

As it turns out, languages with agreement in the V and P systems obtain this result in a way which has nothing to do with why languages with no agreement do. Let us examine this in detail. In languages with agreement in V and P, overt expletives are generally impossible. Suppose that an element with no phonetic or semantic realization (a null expletive) simply does not exist. If so, in this language step (9a) is not an option. When the PartЈ domain is reached, the only options are to take or not to take step (9b).

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