Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax

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<i>Endocentric Structuring of Projection-free Syntax</i> puts forward a novel theory of syntax that rigidly adheres to the principle of Minimal Computation, in which a number of traditional but extraneous stipulations such as referential indices and representational labels/projections are eliminated. It specifically articulates the overarching hypothesis that every syntactic object is composed by recursive, phase-by-phase embedding of the endocentric structure {H, &#945;}, where H is a head lexical item and &#945; is another syntactic object (order irrelevant). The proposed mechanism achieves both theory-internal simplicity and broad empirical coverage at the same time, advancing a radically reduced conception of endocentricty/headedness while deriving a number of empirically grounded constraints on human language.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Syntax; Generative linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Nihon University

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