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Eliminating Empty Categories

A Radically Minimalist View on Their Ontology and Justification

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Diego Gabriel Krivochen and Peter Kosta

This collaborative book has a twofold purpose. On the one hand, the authors present a new framework – Radical Minimalism. The development of such a framework, with a strong basis on mathematics and physics, was born out of the conviction that, if language is really a natural object, there is no a priori reason to study it in isolation from other natural systems. On the other hand, this work represents a significant simplification of the theory of displacement and so-called «empty categories» within the latest development of Chomsky’s Strong Minimalist Hypothesis, applying Occam’s razor and fulfilling Lakatos’ requirements for scientific evolution. Radical Minimalism thus accounts not only for the phenomena orthodox minimalism has explanations for, but also for empirical problems that have not yet been taken into consideration.

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Design: © Olaf Gloeckler, Atelier Platen, Friedberg Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Krivochen, Diego Gabriel, author. Eliminating empty categories : a radically minimalist view on their ontology and justification / Diego Gabriel Krivochen, Peter Kosta. — Peter Lang Edition. pages cm. — (Potsdam Linguistic Investigations ; Vol./Bd. 11) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-62728-0 1. Grammar, Comparative and general—Grammatical catagories. 2. Minimalist theory (Linguistics) I. Kosta, P. (Peter), author. II. Title. P240.5K75 2013 415—dc23 2013008990 ISSN 1862-524X ISBN 978-3-631-62728-0 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. www.peterlang.de

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