Correspondence in OT syntax and minimal link effects

  • The aim of this paper is the exploration of an optimality theoretic architecture for syntax that is guided by the concept of "correspondence": syntax is understood as the mechanism of "translating" underlying representations into a surface form. In minimalism, this surface form is called "Phonological Form" (PF). Both semantic and abstract syntactic information are reflected by the surface form. The empirical domain where this architecture is tested are minimal link effects, especially in the case of "wh"-movement. The OT constraints require the surface form to reflect the underlying semantic and syntactic representations as maximally as possible. The means by which underlying relations and properties are encoded are precedence, adjacency, surface morphology and prosodic structure. Information that is not encoded in one of these ways remains unexpressed, and gets lost unless it is recoverable via the context. Different kinds of information are often expressed by the same means. The resulting conflicts are resolved by the relative ranking of the relevant correspondence constraints.

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Author:Ralf Vogel
Editor:Arthur Stepanov, Gisbert Fanselow, Ralf Vogel
Document Type:Preprint
Year of Completion:2004
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/05/27
GND Keyword:Optimalitätstheorie; Syntax; Semantik; Prosodie; Phonologie; Verb; Aufsatzsammlung
Page Number:30
Erschienen in: Arthur Stepanov ; Gisbert Fanselow ; Ralf Vogel (Hrsg.): Minimality Effects in Syntax, Berlin ; New York : Mouton de Gruyter, 2004, S. 401-441, Studies in generative grammar ; 70, ISBN: 978-3-11-017961-3, ISBN: 3-11-017961-X, ISBN: 978-3-11-019736-5, ISBN: 3-11-019736-7, ISBN: 978-3-11-916451-1
Source: ; (in:) Arthur Stepanov, Gisbert Fanselow, Ralf Vogel (Ed.): Minimality Effects in Syntax. - Berlin [u.a.] : Mouton de Gruyter, 2004, S. 401-441 [30 S.]. (Studies in generative grammar; 70)
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Germanistik / GindokWeimar
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht