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This chapter departs from the observation that the minimalist framework and optimality theory adopt the same overall architecture of grammar (see also the Introduction): they both assume that a generator defines a set S of potentially wellformed expressions that can be generated on the basis of a given input, and that there is a filter component that selects the expressions from S that are actually grammatical in a given language L. This chapter proposes a hybrid model of grammar which combines the two frameworks: more specifically, it is argued that the computational system of human language from MP functions as the generator that creates the set S of potentially well-formed expressions, and that these are subsequently evaluated in an optimality-theoretic fashion. The properties of this hybrid model will be illustrated by means a discussion of object shift in Icelandic and Danish.
Original languageEnglish
Title of book/volumeLinguistic Derivations and Filtering. Minimalism and Optimality Theory
EditorsH. Broekhuis, R. Vogel
Place of PublicationSheffield (UK)/Bristol (USA)
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Pages30-53
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781845539641
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameAdvances in Optimality Theory

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