Chapter

Linearization

Juan Uriagereka

in Spell‐Out and the Minimalist Program

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593521
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731402 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593521.003.0002
Linearization

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How are complex thoughts translated into simple signals? The human motor system makes our inner information public, and our sensory mechanisms reconstruct it back into an intelligible format. Such a feat is very complex, and this chapter addresses only one its aspects: how so-called spell-out linearizes syntactic relations and how, in so doing, the system's architecture gets constrained. It tracks a rationalization of these matters; specifically, how two situations obtain for linearization, depending on how intricate the structure is that needs to be linearized. Topics discussed include conceptualizing the squeezing problem, the finite state limit on phrase structure, context-sensitive dependencies, context-sensitive asymmetries, incremental parsing and information flow, linearizing complex branching, and the Linear Correspondence Axiom vs. the Mirror Linear Correspondence Axiom parsing of complex structures.

Keywords: spell-out; syntactic relations; squeezing problem; phrase structure; context-sensitive dependencies; context-sensitive asymmetries; incremental parsing; complex branching; Linear Correspondence Axiom; Mirror Linear Correspondence Axiom

Chapter.  13237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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