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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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AC: Absolute Construction ........................................................ 103-104, 106-107 ACC: Accusative Case .............................................................. 41, 77-78, 81, 131 Agr: Agreement ...... 17, 21-24, 27-28, 30, 71, 75, 80-82, 111-112, 149, 152, 158, 160-161 Anti-Spell-Out Principle ............................................................................... 83, 96 Asp: grammatical aspect .................................................. 79, 94-97, 104, 126, 162 C0: Complementizer ................ 19, 28, 72, 103, 123, 129, 143, 156-157, 162-163 Chain ..................................................................... 7-8, 83, 126-127, 171, 176, 178 C-I: Conceptual-Intentional System ........31, 34, 37, 42, 45, 50, 52, 55, 57, 60-62, 66, 76-80, 85, 94-96, 102, 119, 131, 135, 141, 150, 155, 158, 161, 165, 168, 178 Complex root incorporation .............................................................................. 115 Copy Spell-Out .......................................................................................... 101, 128 Copy Theory of Movement ......................................................................... 64, 126 Cz.: Czech ......... 21-22, 30, 103, 113-114, 136-140, 143-147, 153-154, 157, 159, 164-167, 190-191 D: Determiner ........... 17, 46, 53-54, 72, 82, 94, 100, 125, 137-138, 140-142, 147, 149, 170 DFI: Dynamic Full Interpretation ............. 8, 45, 65-66, 73, 76, 80, 86, 88, 93, 96, 102, 105, 112, 115, 123, 128, 131, 135, 142, 168 DM: Distributed Morphology .................... 25, 31, 38, 43, 53, 59, 69, 70, 186-187 EC: Empty Category ..... 7-9, 18, 26, 32, 67, 69, 70-71, 73, 75, 87, 100, 107, 123, 171, 182 ECP: Empty Category Principle ....... 7-8, 17-19, 36, 123, 126, 154, 167, 171, 195 Eng.: English .......... 21, 23, 25, 28, 31-32, 38, 71, 76, 81, 84, 86-89, 99, 103-104, 106, 108, 110-111, 119, 122, 124, 135, 138-140, 142, 154, 156, 162, 166- 167, 181, 183, 187, 192, 195 EPP: Extended Projection Principle ........ 27, 30, 64, 69-70, 75-76, 79, 82, 85, 96, 104, 106, 108-109, 123, 126, 129, 148, 166, 186-187,...

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