Recursion Restrictions: Where Grammars Count

  title={Recursion Restrictions: Where Grammars Count},
  author={Hilda Koopman},
Since recursion is a fundamental property of human languages, it is puzzling that we regularly find cases where recursion is impossible or restricted. In this paper we argue that these restrictions follow from an independently necessary property associated with individual lexical items, which encodes sensitivity to phonological properties. These restrictions must be stated on the output of the syntactic derivation, when syntactic structures are transferred to phonology as expected in current… CONTINUE READING

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