Some Consequences of MERGE and Determinacy
Nobu Goto, Toru Ishii
July 2018

Chomsky et al. (2017) clarify the concept workspace WS and reformulate (small) Merge as (capital) MERGE as an operation on WS, not particular syntactic object (SO), where WS is taken to be the stage of the derivation at any given point: MERGE maps WS = [X, Y] to WS' = [{X, Y}]. Chomsky et al. argue that (capital) MERGE should apply in a deterministic fashion based on the principle of Determinacy, which bans ambiguous rule applications, though its explications and consequences left untouched. This paper explicates the principle of Determinacy, arguing that if we define Determinacy as a condition on the input of (capital) MERGE, it gives us a unified account of various phenomena, which have been explained by different constraints or principles.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004108
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Published in: Unpublished manuscript, Toyo University and Meiji University
keywords: (capital) merge, workspace, determinacy, the subject condition, the that-trace effects, no vacuous topicalization, freezing effects with topics, merge-over-move, further raising, island violation repairs, no superfluous steps in a derivation, syntax
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