Robert Truswell

in Events, Phrases, and Questions

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199577774
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725319 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics


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This chapter concludes by returning to the four puzzles introduced in Chapter 1. These puzzles continue to look outlandish from the perspective of syntactic locality theory, but have found straightforward explanations in terms of the interface-based locality theory developed here. The conclusion stresses that this is as expected on one conception of minimalism: a stripped-down syntactic architecture places heavier explanatory burdens on the interfaces with other cognitive systems. The greater the independence of these other cognitive systems from narrow syntax, the smaller, and more minimal, syntax can be.

Keywords: interfaces; architecture of the language faculty; minimalism; event structure; phrase structure

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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