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Uniformity and diversity: A minimalist perspective

Sigurðsson, Halldor Armann LU (2011) In Linguistic Variation Yearbook 11. p.189-222
Abstract
This essay discusses language uniformity and diversity in the light of recent development of the minimalist program (Hauser et al. 2002, Chomsky 2008, Berwick and Chomsky 2011, and much related work). It pursues two leading ideas. First, Universal Grammar (UG) is maximally minimal: hence early internal language (I-language) is largely uniform across individuals, language variation being mainly or entirely confined to externalization. Second, the mapping from I-language to external language (E-language) is non-isomorphic (the Non-isomorphy Generalization), morphological processes such as agreement and case marking being E-language phenomena, taking place in the externalization component. The first line of reasoning converges with many of... (More)
This essay discusses language uniformity and diversity in the light of recent development of the minimalist program (Hauser et al. 2002, Chomsky 2008, Berwick and Chomsky 2011, and much related work). It pursues two leading ideas. First, Universal Grammar (UG) is maximally minimal: hence early internal language (I-language) is largely uniform across individuals, language variation being mainly or entirely confined to externalization. Second, the mapping from I-language to external language (E-language) is non-isomorphic (the Non-isomorphy Generalization), morphological processes such as agreement and case marking being E-language phenomena, taking place in the externalization component. The first line of reasoning converges with many of Chomsky’s recent ideas, the second one is more divergent. (Less)
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E-language, Externalization, I-language, Person, Tense, Non-isomorphy Generalization
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Linguistic Variation Yearbook
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189 - 222
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  author       = {Sigurðsson, Halldor Armann},
  issn         = {2211-6834},
  keyword      = {E-language,Externalization,I-language,Person,Tense,Non-isomorphy Generalization},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {189--222},
  publisher    = {John Benjamins Publishing Company},
  series       = {Linguistic Variation Yearbook},
  title        = {Uniformity and diversity: A minimalist perspective},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2011},
}