English derived nominals in three frameworks

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This paper contrasts the analysis of English derived nominals (i. e., words such as <i>refusal, height, goodness, movement</i>, etc.) in minimalism, automodular grammar, and classical transformational grammar. It argues that minimalism does the poorest job of the three in handling their distinctive properties. Automodular grammar and classical transformational grammar are each partly successful. The paper closes with a discussion of how automodular grammar and classical transformational grammar might each be extended to account for the relevant facts. Essentially, the former could incorporate a notion such as &#8216;canonical argument structure&#8217;, while the latter could borrow from automodular grammar a mechanism for interfacing mismatched surface representations from different grammatical modules.


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