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FeaturesPerspectives on a Key Notion in Linguistics$
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Anna Kibort and Greville G. Corbett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.001.0001

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A Minimalist theory of feature structure

A Minimalist theory of feature structure

(p.185) 8 A Minimalist theory of feature structure

David Adger

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an explicit Minimalist theory of feature structure based on the ideas that (i) Merge is the sole source of structure embedding, (ii) lexical items are composed of features. It follows that features cannot themselves involve structure embedding, contrary to what is assumed in HPSG, LFG, FUG. This is the No Complex Values hypothesis. I show how it restricts the range of analyses available for selectional phenomena.

Keywords:   Minimalism, feature structure, No Complex Values hypothesis, functional categories

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