Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Abstract for Contribution on Workspaces to CHM

Cambridge Handbook of Minimalism
Edited by Kleanthes K. Grohmann and Evelina Leivada

Chris Collins

In minimalist syntax, the syntactic objects formed at any particular step in the derivation occupy a workspace. This chapter will be about the role workspaces play in the minimalist syntax. The emphasis will be on the following questions:

How do workspaces relate to other concepts in minimalist syntax?
Is the notion of workspace an indispensable part of minimalist syntax?
What kinds of definitions have been given for them?
How can the definitions be formalized?
How do the different proposals compare empirically and theoretically?

The sources that will be summarized and discussed include the following:

Chomsky, Noam. 1995. The Minimalist Program. MIT Press.

Chomsky, Noam, Angel J. Gallego and Dennis Ott. 2019. Generative Grammar and the Faculty of Language: Insights, Questions and Challenges. Catalan Journal of Linguistics Special Issue, 229-261.

Collins, Chris. 2017. Merge(X,Y) = {X,Y}. In Leah Bauke, Andreas Blumel, and Erich Groat (eds.),
Labels and Roots, 47-68. De Gruyter Mouton.

Collins, Chris and Edward Stabler. 2016. A Formalization of Minimalist Syntax. Syntax 19, 43-78.

Epstein, Samuel, Hisatsugu Kitahara and T. Daniel Seely. 2018. Some Concepts and Consequences of 3rd Factor-Compliant Simplest WS Merge. Unpublished Ms.

Kitahara, Hisa. 2018. Some Consequences of Merge + 3rd Factor Principles. Reports of the Keio Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies 49, 143-159.

Komachi, Masayuki, Hisatsugu Kitahara, Asako Uchibori and Kensuke Takita. 2019. Generative Procedure Revisited. Reports of the Keio Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies 50, 269-283.

Recent talks by Noam Chomsky:
MIT 1 (April 2019):

MIT 2 (April 2019):

UCLA (April and May, 2019)

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