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Preface to the 20th Anniversary Edition

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pp. vii-xiv

As discussed in the introduction to the first (1995) edition, the essays included here draw from ongoing work from the late 1980s through the early 1990s.
It is important to recognize that the Minimalist Program (MP) under development in this work, and since, is a program, not a theory, a fact that has often...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

The chapters that follow are based in large part on regular lecture-seminars at MIT from 1986 through 1994. These have been continuing now for over 30 years, with broad participation by students, faculty, and others, from various institutions and disciplines. In these introductory remarks I will outline some...

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1. The Theory of Principles and Parameters

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pp. 11-116

Principles-and-parameters (P & P) theory is not a precisely articulated theoretical system, but rather a particular approach to classical problems of the study of language, guided by certain leading ideas that had been taking shape since the origins of modern generative grammar some 40 years ago. These ideas...

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2. Some Notes on Economy of Derivation and Representation

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pp. 117-152

The past few years have seen the development of an approach to the study of language that constitutes a fairly radical departure from the historical tradition, more so than contemporary generative grammar at its origins. I am referring to the principles-and-parameters (P & P) approach,ยน which questions the...

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3. A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory

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pp. 153-200

Language and its use have been studied from varied points of view. One approach, assumed here, takes language to be part of the natural world. The human brain provides an array of capacities that enter into the use and understanding of language (the language faculty); these seem to be in good part...

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4. Categories and Transformations

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pp. 201-364

The chapters that precede have adopted, modified, and extended work in the principles-and-parameters (P & P) model. In this final chapter I will take the framework for Universal Grammar (UG) developed and presented there as a starting point, extending it to questions that had been kept at a distance, subjecting...

References

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pp. 365-380

Index

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pp. 381-394