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Idsardi (2006) claims that Optimality Theory (OT; Prince and Smolen-sky 1993, 2004) is " in general computationally intractable " on the basis of a proof adapted from Eisner (1997a). We take issue with this conclusion on two grounds. First, the intractability result holds only in cases where the constraint set is not fixed in advance (contra usual… (More)

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)

- Gregory M Kobele, Travis Collier, Charles Taylor, Edward P Stabler, Xp Yp, X X Zp
- 2002

1. Mirror Theory Mirror Theory is a syntactic framework developed in (Brody, 1997), where it is offered as a consequence of eliminating purported redundancies in Chomsky's minimalism (Chomsky, 1995). A fundamental feature of Mirror Theory is its requirement that the syntactic head-complement relation mirror certain morphological relations (such as… (More)

We study languages of λ-terms generated by IO and OI unsafe grammars. These languages can be used to model meaning representations in the formal semantics of natural languages following the tradition of Montague [19]. Using techniques pertaining to the denotational semantics of the simply typed λ-calculus, we show that the emptiness and membership problems… (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)

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)

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)