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Movement-Generalized Minimalist Grammars

Graf, Thomas

Abstract A general framework is presented that allows for Minimalist grammars to use arbitrary movement operations under the proviso that they are all definable by monadic second-order formulas over derivation trees. Lowering, sidewards movement, and clustering, among others, are the result of instantiating the parameters of this framework in a certain way. Even though weak generative capacity is not increased, strong generative capacity may change depending on the available movement types. Notably, TAG-style tree adjunction can be emulated by a special type of lowering movement.

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  author    = {Graf, Thomas},
  title     = {Movement-Generalized {M}inimalist Grammars},
  year      = {2012},
  note      = {Slides of a talk given at LACL 2012, July 2--4, LINA,
          Nantes, France}