A Radically Minimalist Perspective
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Radical Minimalism
0 Introduction The objective of this chapter is to present the theoretical framework with which we will analyze Nominal Constructions (hereafter, NC) in chapters 2 and 3. We will present the general features of Radical Minimalism, trying to characterize it so that the differences with alternative approaches are stated as clear as possible. However, being an overview, not all issues will be analyzed with equal depth. Should the reader want to pursue an in- quiry along these lines, we strongly suggest look at the bibliography, where other works, dealing with more specific matters within this frame- work are cited. 1 Radical Minimalism and the Natural World1 Radical Minimalism is a program of scientific investigation that was born as a reaction to the direction that mainstream Generative syntax took from approximately 2000 to this day. The development of the so-called “Minimalist Program” took a strange twist after the dawn of the new Mil- lennium: the desire to apply Occam’s Razor was still very much present in the introductory section of most works but, strangely enough, a curious series of stipulations and ad hoc assumptions followed the simplicity desi- derata. In this respect, we share the opinion of Jan Koster, when he claims (Koster, 2010): “What follows is born out of dissatisfaction with current Minimalism, the re- ceived linguistic paradigm since Chomsky 1995. My concerns are not about Minimalism as a program. On the contrary, I subscribe to the overall goal to construct a theory that makes grammar look as perfect as...
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