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On UG and materialization

Sigurðsson, Halldor Armann LU (2011) In Linguistic Analysis 37. p.367-388
Abstract
This essay discusses Universal Grammar (UG) and the materialization of internal and external language (commonly misconceived of as “lexicalization”). It develops a few simple but central ideas. First, the Universal Lexicon (the “lexical” part of UG) contains two elements: an initial root, Root Zero, and an initial functional feature, Feature Zero, identified as the Edge Feature (zero as they are void of content). Second, UG = a Minimal Language Generator, containing a) Merge, b) Root Zero, and c) Feature Zero. Third, both External and Internal Merge are preconditioned by Feature Zero or the Edge Feature (the Generalized Edge Approach). Fourth, the growth of internal language in the individual involves reiterated (formal) Copy & Merge... (More)
This essay discusses Universal Grammar (UG) and the materialization of internal and external language (commonly misconceived of as “lexicalization”). It develops a few simple but central ideas. First, the Universal Lexicon (the “lexical” part of UG) contains two elements: an initial root, Root Zero, and an initial functional feature, Feature Zero, identified as the Edge Feature (zero as they are void of content). Second, UG = a Minimal Language Generator, containing a) Merge, b) Root Zero, and c) Feature Zero. Third, both External and Internal Merge are preconditioned by Feature Zero or the Edge Feature (the Generalized Edge Approach). Fourth, the growth of internal language in the individual involves reiterated (formal) Copy & Merge of Root Zero and Feature Zero (the Copy Theory of Language Growth). The essay focuses on the materialization of internal language, but it also contains a brief discussion of externalization and language variation. (Less)
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  author       = {Sigurðsson, Halldor Armann},
  issn         = {0098-9053},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {367--388},
  publisher    = {Linguistic Analysis},
  series       = {Linguistic Analysis},
  title        = {On UG and materialization},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2011},
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