Article

Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations

Željko Bošković

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199549368
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199549368.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Linguistics
  • Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

Minimalism assumes that language consists of a lexicon and a computational system, with the latter embedded in two performance systems: articulatory-perceptual and conceptual-intentional. Two linguistic levels, phonetic form (PF) and logical form (LF), interface with the performance systems. A computation converges at the interface levels if it contains only legitimate PF and LF objects. However, we cannot define linguistic expressions simply as PF/LF pairs formed by a convergent derivation and satisfying interface conditions. The operations of the computational system which produce linguistic expressions must be optimal, in the sense that they must satisfy some general considerations of simplicity, often referred to as Economy Principles. One of them, the Last Resort Condition (LR), prohibits superfluous steps in a derivation. It requires that every operation apply for a reason. It has often been argued that a similar condition constrains representations, prohibiting superfluous symbols. These conditions require that derivations and representations in some sense be minimal. This article discusses the working of LR, as it applies to both derivations and representations. It starts with the former, examining how LR applies to both Move and Agree.

Keywords: minimalism; language; phonetic form; logical form; Last Resort Condition

Article.  11716 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.