Locality and (minimal) search
Kenyon Branan, Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine
September 2021

In this chapter for the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook of Minimalism, we attempt to explicate the procedural approach to locality, which aims to explain syntactic locality restrictions based on the behavior of a search procedure in the grammar. We discuss explicit options for the search algorithm underlying "minimal search," the need to distinguish probe interaction from satisfaction, and the shape of the search space. We describe how versions of this procedural approach can derive a wide range of attested relative and absolute locality effects.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005791
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Published in: For the Cambridge Handbook of Minimalism, Kleanthes K. Grohmann & Evelina Leivada (eds.)
keywords: locality, probing, minimal search, syntax
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