Minimalism and control

Authored by: Norbert Hornstein , Jairo Nunes

The Routledge Handbook of Syntax

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533942
eBook ISBN: 9781315796604
Adobe ISBN: 9781317751045


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This chapter discusses what properties a minimalist theory of control should have and how close extant proposals are to meeting these desiderata. In particular, we concentrate on movement and PRO-based approaches to control, taking Hornstein (1999; 2001) and Boeckx et al. (2010) to be representative of the former, and Landau (2000; 2004), the latter. 2 Though the review is intended to be dispassionate, the reader should be familiar with the biases of the authors. We are of the vociferous opinion that a minimalistically respectable account of control will necessarily have some version of the Movement Theory of Control (MTC) at its core. Thus, in what follows the star is the MTC, the PRO-based approaches exploited as a useful foil (think Holmes and Watson).

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