Against Protolanguage

Bidese, Ermenegildo and Padovan, Andrea and Tomaselli, Alessandra (2012) Against Protolanguage. Tokyo : Evolang9 Organizing Committee. ISBN 978-4-9906340-0-1

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    Since Hauser-Chomsky-Fitch (2002) the operation Merge has been taken to be the discriminating boundary between language and non-language. In our talk, we propose some reflections on the simplest stage of this syntactic mechanism, namely the so-called Head-head Merge (Primary Merge in Rizzi’s 2010 Complexity Scale), showing that silent functional categories must be necessarily assumed in order to explain the realization of the most basic hierarchical structure. In this perspective the notion of “protolanguage” turns out to be as contradictory as the notion of “protogrammar”.

    Item Type: Conference Proceedings
    Department or Research center: Humanities
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics (General) > P0121 Linguistics
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Protolanguage; Merge; functional categories; syntax
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