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AuthorLasnik, Howard. author
TitleEssays on Restrictiveness and Learnability [electronic resource] / by Howard Lasnik
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1990
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Descript X, 272 p. online resource


The articles collected in this book are concerned with the issues of restrictiveness and learnability within generative grammar, specifically, within Chomsky's 'Extended Standard Theory'. These issues have been central to syntactic research for decades and they are even more central now as results on syntactic theory, on learnability, and on acquisition begin to converge. I hope that this book can provide researchers in all of these areas with some insight into the evolution of ideas about these issues. The articles appear in their original form, with the following exceptions: A few typographical and other minor errors have been corrected; bibliogยญ raphic references have been updated and a unified bibliography provided. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my vast intellecยญ tual debt to Noam Chomsky. My research would not have been possible without his work, his advice, and his guidance. Next, I offer deep thanks to Chomsky and my other co-authors represented here: Bob Fiengo, Joe Kupin, Bob Freidin, and Mamoru Saito. I am grateful, indeed, for the opportunity to collaborate with such outstanding linguists, and, more immediately, for their permission to reprint their co-authored articles. I also offer general thanks to the holders of the copyrights of the reprinted material. Specific acknowledgements appear on a separate page


1 Introduction -- 2 Some Issues in the Theory of Transformations -- 3 A Restrictive Theory of Transformational Grammar -- 4 Filters and Control -- 5 Restricting the Theory of Transformations: a case study -- 6 Learnability, Restrictiveness, and the Evaluation Metric -- 7 On a Lexical Parameter in the Government-Binding Theory -- 8 Core Grammar, Case Theory, and Markedness -- 9 On Certain Substitutes for Negative Data -- 10 On the Nature of Proper Government -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects

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