PT - Journal Article
AU - Stabler, Edward P.
DP - 2019
TI - Three Mathematical Foundations for Syntax
TA - Annual Review of Linguistics,
VI - 5
IP - Volume 5, 2019
PG - 243-260
AID - 10.1146/annurev-linguistics-011415-040658
SO - Annual Review of Linguistics 2019;5(1):243-260
AB - Three different foundational ideas can be identified in recent syntactic theory: structure from substitution classes, structure from dependencies among heads, and structure as the result of optimizing preferences. As formulated in this review, it is easy to see that these three ideas are completely independent. Each has a different mathematical foundation, each suggests a different natural connection to meaning, and each implies something different about how language acquisition could work. Since they are all well supported by the evidence, these three ideas are found in various mixtures in the prominent syntactic traditions. From this perspective, if syntax springs fundamentally from a single basic human ability, it is an ability that exploits a coincidence of a number of very different things.,
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