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Title:The Simple Generator
Authors:Ralf Vogel
Comment:Appears in LiP 25: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/lip/
Abstract:I argue that the shift of explanatory burden from the generator to the
evaluator in OT syntax – together with the difficulties that arise when we
try to formulate a working theory of the interfaces of syntax – leads to a
number of assumptions about syntactic structures in OT which are quite
different from those typical of minimalist syntax: formal features, as
driving forces behind syntactic movement, are useless, and derivational
and representational economy are problematic for both empirical and
conceptual reasons. The notion of markedness, central in Optimality
Theory, is not fully compatible with the idea of synactic economy. Even
more so, seemingly obvious cases of blocking by structural economy
do not seem to result from grammar proper, but reflect (economical)
aspects of language use.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1