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A Minimalist theory of feature structure

David Adger

in Features

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577743
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0008
 							A Minimalist theory of feature structure

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This chapter gives an explicit Minimalist theory of feature structure based on the ideas that (i) Merge is the sole source of structure embedding, (ii) lexical items are composed of features. It follows that features cannot themselves involve structure embedding, contrary to what is assumed in HPSG, LFG, FUG. This is the No Complex Values hypothesis. I show how it restricts the range of analyses available for selectional phenomena.

Keywords: Minimalism; feature structure; No Complex Values hypothesis; functional categories

Chapter.  13108 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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