The Chomsky Hierarchy and the faculty of language: Consequences for variation and evolution

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Abstract

This paper explores the relevance of the so-called Chomsky Hierarchy (ChH) when studying I-language phenomena, reinterpreting it in terms of the operation Merge. It is argued that all ChH levels of complexity discussed in Chomsky (1956) (i.e., finite state, phrase structure, and transformations) are present in the Faculty of Language, with (possible) consequences for language variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-60
JournalTeorema
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

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