Derivational Cycles

Juan Uriagereka

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Derivational Cycles

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This article clarifies the concept of cycle, or phase, in minimalist parlance. Cyclicity is a derivational condition if there is one, a strong constraint if derivational timing is so relevant that chunks of structure abandoning the derivation become opaque to further computation. The challenge continues to be to understand the exact nature of this condition, which may be rather more widespread than it might at first seem.

Keywords: cycle; grammar; minimalism

Article.  9000 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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