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 Learn more about Grammar in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Programming languages used for the purpose of computer programming (such as Java) have grammars, but do not resemble human languages very much.
In particular, they conform precisely to a grammar generated by a push down finite state automaton, with arbitrarily complex commands.
In computer science, the syntax of each programming language is defined by a formal grammar.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /g/gr/grammar.html   (742 words)

  
 ttgapers.com store - The Minimalist Program (Current Studies in Linguistics) - Noam Chomsky - Product Details   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Minimalist Syntax : Exploring the Structure of English (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
The Minimalist Program consists of four recent essays that attempt to situate linguistic theory in the broader cognitive sciences.
Building on the theory of principles and parameters and, in particular, on principles of economy of derivation and representation, the minimalist framework takes Universal Grammar as providing a unique computational system, with derivations driven by morphological properties, to which the syntactic variation of languages is also restricted.
www.ttgapers.com /ttStore-index2-asin-0262531283.html   (1157 words)

  
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Dealing theoretically with various and particular structures, this textbook explains the minimalist approach, which was proposed in the minimalist program by Chomsky (MIT Press, Cambridge; Massachusetts, 1995).
The minimalist program presents the comprehensive theory ‘whose core assumption is that grammars should be described in terms of the minimal set of theoretical and descriptive apparatus necessary’ (515).
Exploring key concepts of the minimalist program such as movement, checking, VP shells, and agreement projections, as well as providing thorough analysis of various construction types, Radford illustrates cross-linguistic variation: different varieties of English (e.g.
hss.fullerton.edu /linguistics/CLN/spring01_articles/matsuda.htm   (597 words)

  
 Language Log: JP versus FHC+CHF versus PJ versus HCF
And it is weakened by experiments suggesting that speech perception cannot be reduced to primate audition, that word learning cannot be reduced to fact learning, and that at least one gene involved in speech and language was evolutionarily selected in the human lineage but is not specific to recursion.
The recursion-only claim, we suggest, is motivated by Chomsky's recent approach to syntax, the Minimalist Program, which de-emphasizes the same aspects of language.
Their critique of the minimalist program is for the most part equally irrelevant, because very few of the arguments in our original paper were tied to this program; in an online appendix we detail the deep inaccuracies in their characterization of this program.
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/002422.html   (1627 words)

  
 Berwick, R. C. (1998) Language evolution and the minimalist program: The origins of syntax. In Hurford, J. R., ...
Berwick, R. (1998) `Language evolution and the minimalist program: the origins of syntax' in J. Hurford, M. Studdert-Kennedy and C. Knight (ed.), 48 Approaches to the evolution of language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp.
Berwick, R. (1998) `Language evolution and the minimalist program: the origins of syntax' in Hurford, J., Studdert-Kennedy, M., and Knight, C. (ed.), Approaches to the Evolution of Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp.
Berwick, Robert (1998) `Language evolution and the minimalist program: the origins of syntax' in Jim Hurford, Michael Studdert-Kennedy and Chris Knight (ed.), Approaches to the Evolution of Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.
www.isrl.uiuc.edu /~amag/langev/cited/berwick98languageEvolution.html   (329 words)

  
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1 The Minimalist Program In the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995, 2001a, 2001b), all parameters are encoded in the lexicon, with the consequence that linguistic variation falls out from the morphological properties (abstract and concrete) of the lexical items (Borer, 1984).
In the Minimalist Program, then, structures are built derivationally by the application of the three operations Select, Merge and Move, constrained only by the condition that lexically encoded features match in the course of a derivation.
2 A Minimalist Approach to Codeswitching If all syntactic variation is associated with the lexicon, as in the Minimalist Program, then codeswitching may be seen as the simple consequence of mixing items from multiple lexicons in the course of a derivation.
www.public.asu.edu /~gelderen/elly-jeff05.doc   (3950 words)

  
 Ash Asudeh: New Work   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Although the Minimalist Program has opened up new research avenues for Principles and Parameters Theory, it has left the analytical part of the theory in poor condition.
The theoretical flaws in these textbooks are symptomatic of problems in the Minimalist Program at large and, in the bulk of this review article, we use the books to explore underlying problems with the programmatic Minimalist approach to PandP theory.
Consideration of these issues reveals Minimalism to be, at heart, a kind of unification-based, lexicalist framework, but one which eschews formalisation or even just explicitness (contra Chomsky 1957) — with attendant deleterious consequences — and which refuses to give up the unnecessary mechanism of movement, even though it has arguably outgrown it.
www.ling.canterbury.ac.nz /personal/asudeh/frames/new.html   (1260 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Books: Derivation and Explanation in the Minimalist Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Derivation and Explanation in the Minimalist Program presents accessible, cutting edge research on an enduring and fundamental question confronting all linguistic inquiry - the respective roles of derivation and representation.
The volume explores ways in which the Minimalist perspective on transformational rules and their iterative application facilitates deeper explanation than is possible within Government-Binding theory.
Derivation and Explanation in the Minimalist Program is essential reading for anyone interested in the foundational yet contemporary issue of derivation versus representation and its relation to current Minimalist method, analysis, and the quest for explanation.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0631227334   (356 words)

  
 Basics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the problems involved in implementing ideas about generative grammar, in particular the ideas of Noam Chomsky and the minimalist program, into a computer program in a logical constraint based system, in particular into Prolog, short for Programming in Logic.
The majority of the linguistic examples center on the structure of the lexicon and the content of lexical items in a logical constraint based grammar in which all structure is projected from the lexicon by general logical principles and almost all constraints are defined on derivational principles not on structural configurations.
This term we will write a Prolog computer program (lexicon and principles of combination) that will pair a time expression, such as on Monday July fourth nineteen hundred and seventy at six fifteen in the evening with a semantic/logical representation in terms of a twenty four hour clock and a twelve month solar calendar.
www.nyu.edu /pages/linguistics/courses/g611830   (400 words)

  
 A Minimalist Theory of Human Sentence Processing
We argue that a particular version of the Minimalist Program (Chomsky (1993), Uriagereka (this volume)) provides principles needed to explain both initial human preferences for ambiguous structures and provides a theory of reanalysis, explaining when initial preferences can be revised given subsequent disconfirming data, and when they lead to unrevisable garden paths.
Uriagereka points out that since the minimalist system dispenses with a global level of s-structure as the conduit to the interpretive components, there is nothing to stop material from being passed for interpretation multiple times.
Within the context of the Minimalist account, these subtle facts are accounted for because both transitives and unaccusatives must have traces inserted in the postverbal position, whether or not these structures are analysed as main clauses or relative clauses.
www.umiacs.umd.edu /users/weinberg/lamp-024.html   (7260 words)

  
 John Benjamins: Book details for Minimal Ideas [LA 12]
The articles in this volume are inspired by the Minimalist Program first outlined in Chomsky’s MIT Fall term class lectures of 1991 and in his seminal paper “A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory”.
The articles seek to develop further some key idea in the Minimalist Program, sometimes in ways deviating from the course taken by Chomsky.
The introduction serves as a guide through the entire volume, presenting the issues to be discussed in the articles in detail, and offering a thematic overview over the volume as a whole.
www.benjamins.com /cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA_12   (348 words)

  
 CHOMSKY -- A minimalist program for linguistic theory -- 1992   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
CHOMSKY -- A minimalist program for linguistic theory -- 1992
CHOMSKY, N. A minimalist program for linguistic theory.
Chomsky, N. 1993 A minimalist program for linguistic theory.
www.isrl.uiuc.edu /~amag/langev/cited2/chomskyamiistprogramforlistictheory.html   (57 words)

  
 Behaviorism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Expected gains in predictive-explanatory scope and precision were not achieved and, with hindsight, it is easy to see that such an elaborate theoretical superstructure, built on such slight observational-experimental foundations, was bound to fall.
In parallel systems, typically, initial programming (comparable to innate mechanisms) is minimal and the systems are "trained-up" to perform complex tasks over a series of trails, by a process somewhat like operant shaping.
While it may be urged that the hero was never wholly extruded but has been lurking all along in the caves of psychophysics (e.g., in correlations of physical stimulus variations with noticed differences in sensation), recent attempts to extend this psychology-as-psychophysics approach beyond psychophysics remain nascent at best.
www.iep.utm.edu /b/behavior.htm   (7032 words)

  
 Parsing and the Minimalist Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I am interested in computational aspects of the Minimalist Program; in particular, I am interested in research into parsing mechanisms.
This paper examines computational issues in the processing of SOV languages in the probe-goal framework, a theory in the Minimalist Program (MP).
This paper examines issues in parsing architecture for a left-to-right implementation of the probe-goal Case agreement model, a theory in the Minimalist Program (MP).
minimalism.linguistics.arizona.edu /~sandiway/mpp   (315 words)

  
 LINGUIST List 7.1115: Minimalist program, Relevance theory, Software package
J Kalita, The minimalist program and SOV languages
Message 1: The minimalist program and SOV languages
I was wondering if someone could point me to any work on explaining the word order in various constructs in SOV languages in the context of the minimalist program.
www.sfs.nphil.uni-tuebingen.de /linguist/issues/7/7-1115.html   (628 words)

  
 References from September 10   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
"The Minimalist Program," in Gert Webelhuth (ed.), Government and Binding Theory and the Minimalist Program.
One of the major papers defining the Minimalist Program.
Chapter 4 is the new stuff, which circulated unpublished under the title "Chapter Four" for a couple of years before the book appeared.
www.chass.utoronto.ca /~cowper/LIN1231/Sept10.html   (96 words)

  
 Categorial Minimalism - Lecomte (ResearchIndex)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In this paper, we try to put a bridge in between Categorial Grammar and Minimalist Grammars as they result from works which follow the Chomskyan enterprise (cf Stabler ([9]), Cornell ([3])).
4: The Minimalist Program (context) - Chomsky - 1995
135 The Minimalist Program (context) - Chomsky - 1996
citeseer.ist.psu.edu /328062.html   (362 words)

  
 Minimal Computation in the Minimalist Program (ResearchIndex)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Abstract: This paper presents a parser that embodies principles of the Minimalist Program [Chomsky 1993, 1995] and examines some related computational complexity issues.
135 The Minimalist Program (context) - Chomsky - 1995
135 The Minimalist Program (context) - Chomsky - 1993
citeseer.ist.psu.edu /558211.html   (278 words)

  
 A Critique Of The Minimalist Program - Johnson, Lappin (ResearchIndex)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Abstract: this paper was done during the summer of 1995, when the alphabetically second author visited the first as a guest academic researcher in the Mathematics Department of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.
3: The Minimalist Program (context) - Chomsky - 1995
3 Wh-in-situ in the Framework of the Minimalist Program (context) - Reinhart - 1993
citeseer.ist.psu.edu /johnson97critique.html   (1113 words)

  
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Government and Binding Theory and the Minimalist Program
Given the volume of research relevant to shaping this lore and the advent of the minimalist program, which is reshaping it at a fundamental level, this is a timely and useful book.
The Minimalist Program: Alec Marantz (M. Bare Phrase Structure: Noam Chomsky (M.
www.blackwellpublishing.com /~cgilib/bookxml.asp?isbn=0631180613   (262 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Books: Government and Binding Theory and the Minimalist Program: Principles and Parameters in Syntactic ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Written by a group of internationally respected researchers, each chapter is focused on an individual module of the theory.
Articles describe the current development of and state of work on a particular topic; its place within the architecture of the GB approach to linguistic structure; and the prospects and need for change within the module.
The final chapter consists of Chomsky's work "Bare Phrase Structure" which represents his latest thinking on his revolutionary "Minimalist Program".
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0631180591   (317 words)

  
 The Place of Representation in the Minimalist Program
The impact of generative linguistics on philosophy has been of some substance beyond the resuscitation of nativism and the general cognitive revolution.
An extremely strong minimalist thesis: (i) is empty.
The representational approach falls short of principled explanation, for the conditions on a given representation can’t fall under (iii), which are general properties of an organic system.
www.uea.ac.uk /%7Ej108/representation.htm   (665 words)

  
 hpsg-l mailing list: critique of the minimalist program (fwd)
The Parts are: Part I Global Economy Conditions Part II Feature Checking in a Local Minimalist Theory Part III Optimal Design in Natural Language In Part I, we criticize Chomsky's specific presentation of the MP and its global economy conditions both for computational complexity-theortic and ordinary (conceptual and factual) linguistic reasons.
We have emphasized several key points: (1) In Section 2.1 (Numeration, Merge and Move) we provide in the first paragraph a clear, but very high level definition of an MP derivation.
On to Part II, Part II Feature Checking in a Local Minimalist Theory (8) This is as before but the HPSG anslysis has been improved.
hpsg.stanford.edu /hpsg-l/1996/0125.html   (684 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Minimalist Program (Current Studies in Linguistics): Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Minimalist Syntax : Exploring the Structure of English (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) by Andrew Radford
Like Chomsky's 1981 "Lectures on Government and Binding", this is a book that summarizes and synthesizes an entire research program as much as it breaks new ground.
The first chapter, in fact, is itself an excellent textbook on developments in the field of syntax since Chomsky 1981 and before the Minimalist Program developed in this book.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0262531283?v=glance   (1676 words)

  
 Minimalist Program - Downable papers
The version of Chomsky's paper ("Minimalist Inquiries: The Framework") that appears below is divided into sections and contains heavy commentary from Juan Uriagereka for the purposes of this seminar.
Formal and Substantive Elegance in the Minimalist Program
Contact us via email with questions about academic programs or call us at 301-405-7002.
ccl.pku.edu.cn /doubtfire/Syntax/Minimalist_Program/Linguistics%20Index%20of%20Downloadable%20Papers.htm   (211 words)

  
 Juan's extensive list of articles
Contracted, Essential Topics in the Minimalist Program, with Howard Lasnik, Blackwell.
In Preparation, 'Evidentiality Contexts,' to appear in Time and Point of View, J. Gueron and L. Tasmowsky (eds.) Universite de Paris X. Forthcoming, 'Infinitival Complements in Basque,' with I. San Martin, in J. Lakarra and X. Artiagoitia (eds.) Homage to Rudolf De Rijk, University of the Basque Country.
1995, 'Formal and Substantive Elegance in The Minimalist Program,' Arbeitsgruppe Strukturelle Grammatik, Max-Plank Institute.
www.ling.umd.edu /Uriagereka/Juansarticles.htm   (1808 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Government and Binding Theory and the Minimalist Program: Principles and Parameters in Syntactic Theory ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Buy this book with The Minimalist Program (Current Studies in Linguis...
The Minimalist Program (Current Studies in Linguistics) by Noam Chomsky
This volume provides an authoritative overview of Government and Binding Theory, and - in crucial new papers by Noam Chomsky and Alec Marantz - of the subsequent development of the Minimalist Program.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0631180613?v=glance   (803 words)

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