By Juan Uriagereka
Derivations attracts jointly the most influential paintings of 1 of the world's best syntactitians, Juan Uriagekera. those essays supply numerous empirical analyses and technical strategies in the Minimalist software. The booklet persues a naturalistic tackle Minimalism, explicitly connecting various linguistic rules and stipulations to arguably analogous legislation and conditions in nature.
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E. whether after a given point further moves/merges are allowed) as “micro-states” of the system compatible with the whole derivational “macro-state,” given the relevant horizon. A derivational decision d will allow further convergent steps in a number of n possibilities, whereas some other derivational decision dЈ will only allow a number m of possible continuations, where m Ͻ n. In those circumstances d induces more derivational entropy than dЈ does, which (7) aims at optimizing. Given this machinery, (9) sketches the ﬁrst relevant bifurcation of derivational paths.
It was a welcome notion too, since that sort of thing is obviously unpleasant to a connectionist: you do not really expect unifying notions that emerge in the interactions of randomly ranked constraints; why should Case constraints care about movement constraints, say? But of course, the grand unifying role was more rhetorical than anything. For XЈ and theta theories, only government under sisterhood ever mattered; for Bounding Theory, sisterhood plus (perhaps) exceptional government was relevant, for Case and Binding theories, clearly exceptional government, with some added complications posed by speciﬁers, which are technically not governed by the head; for Control theory, it was not even obvious that government made a difference at all.
Or still in other words: could government ever come back? If as minimalism unfolds, it sticks to its guns, government should never come back. Government is to language like weight or motion are to heavenly bodies: a side effect. Of course, nothing has really been wasted by studying government; all that knowledge is something that any system will have to account for. The bad news, though, is equally interesting: we do not get rid of government because it did not work, but because it was ugly! Government was, ﬁrst of all, ugly in itself – awfully hard to deﬁne coherently.