Concatenation and interpretation

Abstract : In Chomsky's minimalist framework all operation except bare concatenation must be justified as conceptually necessary in the sense that it is either an interface condition, or a general condition on computational efficacy. Phenomena that cannot be explained in this way are considered to be imperfections. The movement of constituents is well discussed from this perspective. By contrast, imperfections at the interface are less well understood. This article explores this question. I extend the theory developed in Bendjaballah and Haiden (2003) and Haiden (2005) and argue that phonetic and semantic representations are a by-product of the structure-building algorithm in phonology and syntax, respectively.
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Martin Haiden. Concatenation and interpretation. Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver, Riny Huybregts, Ursula Kleinhenz,Jan Koster. Organizing Grammar : Linguistics Studies in Honor of Henk van Riemsdijk, Mouton de Gruyter, pp.157-165, 2005. ⟨halshs-00010040⟩

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