Special Issue "New Perspectives of Generative Grammar and Minimalism"

A special issue of Philosophies (ISSN 2409-9287).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Peter Kosta
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Guest Editor
Department of Slavic languages and literatures, University of Potsdam, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany
Interests: generative syntax; universals; language typology; theory of language; formal semantics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The title "Minimalist program" is derived from Noam Chomsky's collection of our articles published in a book under the same title (Chomsky, Noam. 1995. The Minimalist Program. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.), one of which was written together with Howard Lasnik. The central property of minimalism is that it is a program, a collection of principles, and not an elaborate theory as such. As a result, minimalism is still changing and evolving. Part of this development includes various modified versions of the theory, which deviate from the basic structural principles of minimalism, either for empirical reasons (for analysis,  ↗nanosyntax is important), or for internal theoretical reasons (e.g., radical minimalism, see Krivochen and Kosta, 2013). The Minimalist Program has also been the subject of criticism since the late 1990s, cf. Johnson and Lappin (1997), as well as its response in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 18 (2000). For a general overview, cf. Uriagereka (1998), Grewendorf (2002), Adger (2003, 2013), Radford (2004), Hornstein and Nunes (2005), Lasnik and Uriagereka (2005), Boeckx (2006), Bošković and Lasnik (eds.) (2006). Part of the minimal search for the structure (minimal search) also includes the design of head features (labeling; Chomsky, 2013). Thus, the structure thus formed is not necessarily endocentric, but may also be exocentric if it is consistent with a given combination of features in the structure. The shift to structures based primarily on features, combined with the implementation of an approach to morphology, is associated with an increased interest in the study of macrovariations in syntactic structure. The fact that a syntactic head is not a syntactic primitive, but a structure that arises from a combination of features, means that individual languages ​​and dialects may differ, in which features are realized within one head. In this Special Issue, the newest developments regarding the theory and cartography of natural languages within the generative approach will be addressed by renowned specialists in this field.

Prof. Dr. Peter Kosta
Guest Editor

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  • minimalist program
  • government and binding theory
  • strong minimalist thesis
  • I-language
  • universal grammar
  • C-I- and SM-interfaces
  • nanosyntax and radical minimalism
  • features
  • valuation
  • labels

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