Back to the Future: Non-generation, filtration, and the heartbreak of interface-driven minimalism
Omer Preminger
June 2017

This paper argues that the filtration-based approach to syntactic competence adopted in the context of minimalist syntax (Chomsky 1995, 2000, 2001), where freely-assembled syntactic outputs are evaluated at the interfaces with the sensorimotor (SM) and conceptual-intentional (C-I) systems, is empirically wrong. The solution, I argue, is a return to a non-generation alternative, of the kind put forth in Syntactic Structures (Chomsky 1957).
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Reference: lingbuzz/003447
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Published in: Syntactic Structures after 60 years: the impact of the Chomskyan revolution in linguistics, eds. Norbert Hornstein, Howard Lasnik, Pritty Patel-Grosz & Charles Yang, 355–380, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter
keywords: filtration, non-generation, case, agreement, interfaces, (falsehood of the) strong minimalist thesis, syntax
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