May 202017

There’s an edited volume set to come out in honor of the 60th anniversary of Chomsky’s (1957) Syntactic Structures. I’ve written a short paper for this collection, titled “Back to the Future: Non-generation, filtration, and the heartbreak of interface-driven minimalism.”

The paper is mostly just a handy summary of work of mine from the last few years. It shows that the way ungrammatical outcomes are excluded in minimalist syntax (Chomsky 1995, 2000, 2001) – where freely-assembled syntactic objects are evaluated at the interfaces with the sensorimotor (SM) and conceptual-intentional (C-I) systems – is empirically wrong. And that the Syntactic Structures approach to the same issue fares much better (hence the title).