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Sentence and Discourse

Jacqueline Guéron


The Minimalist Program of Generative Grammar provides a model of the Sentence which represents the competence of the native speaker. The model combines lexical and morphosyntactic primitives via iterative merge operations. No comparable model exists for discourse; nor can one exist, since the primitive sentences of a discourse are unlimited in their internal structure and therefore in number. Yet speakers have a discourse competence. Moreover, a speaker who possesses Sentence competence automatically possesses Discourse competence as well. This fact suggests that the two modules of the languag ... More

Keywords: Minimalist Program, sentence grammar, discourse cohesion, competence, constraints, modules, grammatical interaction

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739418
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Guéron, editor
Emeritus Professor, Université Paris 3

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