Chapter

A CLASH Model

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/9780199593521.003.0008
A CLASH Model

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This chapter turns the ideas examined thus far into an explicit theoretical proposal. It starts by reviewing the discussions in the preceding chapters, and then moves towards a new model. It argues not just for Fibonacci patterns in the fabric of language, but also for their presence at different scales. Aside from being a natural condition to expect for self-similar systems, this result is congenial with the idea, explored throughout this book, that cycles in grammar cannot be trivially reduced to one single format (e.g.. the popular phases). It further suggests that Fibonacci patterns are the ideal solution to CLASH systems.

Keywords: language; Fibonacci patterns; grammar; cycles; CLASH systems

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Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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