On “The Computation”

Mark Steedman

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199247455
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 On “The Computation”

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This article argues that many basic minimalist tenets are sound and that the model of grammar should indeed be driven by the understanding of the necessary properties of the minimally necessary interfaces with sound and meaning. It is also shown that many of the key elements of a modern theory of grammar are distinctively computational in origin. Combinatory Categorial Grammar (CCG) is a form of lexicalized grammar in which the application of syntactic rules is entirely conditioned on the syntactic type, or category, of their inputs. The Shortest Move as it applies to raising and control appears to be a consequence of categorially lexicalizing the grammar, rather than an active principle of the theory of grammar in its own right. Furthermore, the article briefly exemplifies some of the constructions that have presented difficulties for other theories of grammar, which are successfully accommodated by CCG. Spell-out is correspondingly simplified.

Keywords: theory of grammar; Combinatory Categorial Grammar; Shortest Move; computation; sound; meaning; syntactic rules

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Computational Linguistics

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