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This chapter will motivate why it is useful to consider the topic of derivations and filtering in more detail. We will argue against the popular belief that the minimalist program and optimality theory are incompatible theories in that the former places the explanatory burden on the generative device (the computational system) whereas the latter places it on the fi ltering device (the OT evaluator). Although this belief may be correct in as far as it describes existing tendencies, we will argue that minimalist and optimality theoretic approaches normally adopt more or less the same global architecture of grammar: both assume that a generator defines a set S of potentially well-formed expressions that can be generated on the basis of a given input and that there is an evaluator that selects the expressions from S that are actually grammatical in a given language L. For this reason, we believe that it has a high priority to investigate the role of the two components in more detail in the hope that this will provide a better understanding of the differences and similarities between the two approaches. We will conclude this introduction with a brief review of the studies collected in this book.
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
Pages1-28
ISBN (Print)9781845539641
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameAdvances in Optimality Theory

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