Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar

Robert Freidin and Howard Lasnik

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199549368
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar

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While the perspective of a minimalist program for linguistic theory (MP) constitutes a significant departure from previous versions of linguistic theory, many of the fundamental ideas under investigation within it can be found in some form in earlier work on generative grammar. This article shows how MP is deeply rooted in the work on generative grammar of the past half-century. It has validated some significant early ideas, while at the same time leading us to new ones and also to new horizons.

Keywords: minimalist program; linguistic theory; generative grammar

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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