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dc.contributor.authorMerchant, Doug
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-25T22:26:19Z
dc.date.available2019-03-25T22:26:19Z
dc.date.issued2019-03-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/38627
dc.description.abstractThe incremental derivations of phase theory (Chomsky, 2001, 2005, etc.) raise the question of the directionality of derivations (den Dikken, 2018). In this squib, I outline some arguments for top-down generation, arguing that grammatical theory must treat as axiomatic the notion that derivations mirror actual structure-building processes in the brain; given the limited nature of temporary memory capacity (Cowan, 2015), bottom-up generation does not survive long under such scrutiny. Next, I briefly review some theory-internal evidence (Phillips, 1996, 2003; Chesi, 2007, 2015) with respect to conflicting results from constituency tests. Finally, I seek to characterize the phases with respect to what Chomsky (2005, 2007) calls the ‘duality of semantics’, arguing that roots are inserted in the upper phase (CP) for discourse purposes, but are interpreted with respect to the core proposition in the lower phase (vP).en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Linguistics Society at UGAen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUGA Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume 4;4
dc.subjectsyntaxen_US
dc.subjectsentence generationen_US
dc.titleSyntax from above: Towards a top-down, phase-theoretic model of sentence generationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US


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