Gregory M. Kobele

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Minimalist grammars are a mildly context-sensitive grammar framework within which analyses in mainstream chomskyian syntax can be faithfully represented. Here it is shown that both the derivation tree languages and derived tree languages of minimalist grammars are closed under intersection with regular tree languages. This allows us to conclude that taking(More)
Minimalist grammars offer a formal perspective on a popular linguistic theory, and are comparable in weak generative capacity to other mildly context sensitive formalism. Minimalist grammars allow for the straightforward definition of so-called remnant movement constructions, which have found use in many linguistic analyses. It has been conjectured that the(More)
It is natural to think of sentences in natural language as exhibiting long-distance dependencies. A surprising fact, established over decades of linguistic investigation, is that such dependencies are naturally treated as falling into one of two groups. 'A' dependencies (typified by raising, passivization, etc) are those which allow for re-binding, which(More)
This paper describes a framework for studies of the adaptive acquisition and evolution of language, with the following components: language learning begins by associating words with cognitively salient representations (" grounding "); the sentences of each language are determined by properties of lexical items, and so only these need to be transmitted by(More)
Seki et al. (Theor. Comput. Sci. 88(2):191–229, 1991) showed that every m-multiple context-free language L is weakly 2m-iterative in the sense that either L is finite or L contains a subset of the form $\{ u_{0} w_{1}^{i} u_{1} \cdots w_{2m}^{i} u_{2m} \mid i \in \mathbb {N}\}$ , where w 1⋯w 2n ≠ε. Whether every m-multiple context-free language L is(More)
In this paper we investigate the weak generative capacity of minimalist grammars with late adjunction. We show that by viewing the Specifier Island Condition as the union of three separate constraints, we obtain a more nuanced perspective on previous results on constraint interaction in minimalist grammars, as well as the beginning of a map of the(More)