Luigi Rizzi

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics


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The theory of locality is a major topic of generative grammar, and the discovery of locality principles has enriched the scientific debate of precise details on linguistic computations, providing critical evidence on how the brain computes structures, and raising fundamental questions on the generality or task specificity of computational principles embodied in language. This article focuses on Intervention locality. Intervention locality is expressed in the different effects subsumed under Relativized Minimality or the Minimal Link Condition/Minimal Search and also, to a certain extent, the A-over-A tradition itself, as well as certain interpretive locality effects in multiple wh-constructions, in anaphor binding, in the licensing of polarity items, and, perhaps more straightforwardly, by such principles as the Minimal Distance Principle.

Keywords: intervention locality; syntactic process; generative grammar; Relativized Minimality; Minimal Link Condition; Minimal Search

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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