Merging Features: Computation, Interpretation, and Acquisition

José M. Brucart, Anna Gavarró, Jaume Solà

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© 2009 organization and editorial matter José M. Brucart, Anna Gavarró, and Jaume Solà © 2009 the chapters their various authors. All rights reserved. This book presents new work on how Merge and formal features, two Basic factors in the Minimalist program, should determine the syntactic computation of natural language. Merge combines similar objects into more complex ones. Formal features establish dependencies within objects. This book examines the intricate ways in which these two factors interact to generate well-formed derivations in natural language. It is divided into two parts concerned with formal features and interpretable features - a subset of formal features. The book combines grammatical theory with the analysis of data drawn form a wide range of languages, both in the adult grammar and in first language acquisition. The mechanisms at work in linguistic computation are considered in relation to a variety of linguistic phenomena, including A-binding, A'-dependencies and reconstruction, agreement, word order, adjuncts, pronouns, and complementizers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford (GB)
Number of pages391
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009

Publication series

NameOxford Linguistics


  • A-binding
  • Adjuncts
  • Agreement
  • Complementizers
  • Computation
  • Formal features
  • Grammatical theory
  • Interpretable features
  • Language acquisition
  • Merge


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