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This learn indicates that Scandinavian item shift and so-called A-scrambling within the continental Germanic languages are a similar, and goals at offering an account of the difference that we discover with admire to this phenomenon by way of combining yes facets of the Minimalist software and Optimality conception. extra in particular, it truly is claimed that representations created by means of a simplified model of the computational method of human language CHL are evaluated in an optimality theoretic type through taking recourse to a truly small set of output constraints.

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The book [about whichi that he spoke ti] b. *the book [about whichi that he spoke ti] c. *the book [about whichi that he spoke ti] d. *the book [about whichi that he spoke ti] When we contrast these examples with the French relative clauses in (19) and (20), we see that English and French differ in that the former allows a wider variety of constructions with a bare relative pronoun than the latter. However, when the relative pronoun is embedded in a PP (or an NP), the two languages behave the same.

Assume that in both languages the constraint RECOVERABILITY outranks the constraints TEL and LE(CP); the rankings of the constraints in (21) are then as given in (23). Where MP and OT are similar: The architecture of syntax 21 (23) a. b. French: REC >> LE(CP) >> TEL English: REC >> TEL <> LE(CP) The evaluation of the French examples in (19) proceeds as in Tableau 4. Since the relative pronoun has a local antecedent it is recoverable after deletion, so that all candidates satisfy REC. The second candidate is the optimal candidate because it is the only one that does not violate LE(CP); the fact that this candidate violates the lower-ranked constraint TEL is tolerated since this in fact enables the satisfaction of the higher-ranked constraint LE(CP); the violations of TEL therefore do not play a role, which is again indicated by shading the cells of the non-optimal candidates.

The two frameworks are similar in assuming that we are dealing both with derivations and with evaluations: a generator creates a potentially multi-membered set of expressions S, and an evaluator determines which expressions from S are grammatical in a given language L. Although this section has mainly focused on the similarities in architecture between the P&P approaches and OT-syntax, it must be noted that there are other similarities between the two frameworks. For example, both MP and OTsyntax adopt some version of Frege’s principle of compositionality of meaning by claiming that meaningful elements must be interpreted: in MP it is assumed that interpretable semantic features cannot be deleted and must receive an interpretation (Full Interpretation); the fact that Pesetsky’s (1997;1998) constraint RECOVERABILITY is universally ranked high expresses more or less the same thing,3 as does Grimshaw’s (1997) claim that all candidates in a certain candidate set have the same meaning.

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