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Two Kinds of Variation in a Minimalist System

By Marc Richards


This paper reconsiders the status of parameters and parametric variation from the perspective of recent developments within the minimalist program, in particular the problem that arises if parameters can no longer be part of UG, which must be maximally empty, and if variation is instead to be explained in terms of third-factor considerations (section 1). I pursue the idea that variation arises precisely because UG is maximally underspecified, thus leavin

Year: 2010
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