Juan Uriagereka

in Spell‐Out and the Minimalist Program

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593521
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731402 | DOI:

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This chapter examines the concept of c-command. It shows an important grammatical consequence of the present architecture, and in particular the fact that it is based on a theorem, the Linear Correspondence Theorem. The assumption throughout the chapter has been that this condition is emergent, and therefore whatever consequences it may have for the system cannot be tweaked by evolution. This effectively creates a structural niche that the system is trapped into, evolving out of which would be impossible with the sort of machinery assumed here. This is to say that, from this perspective, c-command is not the sort of condition that the system evolved in order to achieve a certain result (better communication, thinking, or any such thing). Rather, given the way in which the system squeezes complex structures into the external components, only certain sorts of relations stated over such structures could be reconfigured back by receivers into the shape that emitters meant for them. C-command is such a format.

Keywords: derivational dynamics; c-command; Linear Correspondence Theorem; grammatical consequences

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Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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