Representation and Derivation in the Theory of Grammar

  • Hubert Haider
  • Klaus Netter

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Hubert Haider, Klaus Netter
    Pages 1-15
  3. Knut Tarald Taraldsen
    Pages 53-69
  4. Tilman N. Höhle
    Pages 139-197
  5. Katalin É. Kiss
    Pages 199-215
  6. Gisbert Fanselow
    Pages 217-250
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-320

About this book


Derivation or Representation? Hubert Haider & Klaus Netter 1 The Issue Derivation and Representation - these keywords refer both to a conceptual as well as to an empirical issue. Transformational grammar was in its outset (Chomsky 1957, 1975) a derivational theory which characterized a well-formed sentence by its derivation, i.e. a set of syntactic representations defined by a set of rules that map one representation into another. The set of mapping­ rules, the transformations, eventually became more and more abstract and were trivialized into a single one, namely "move a" , a general movement-rule. The constraints on movement were singled out in systems of principles that ap­ ply to the resulting representations, i.e. the configurations containing a moved element and its extraction site, the trace. The introduction of trace-theory (d. Chomsky 1977, ch.3 §17, ch. 4) in principle opened up the possibility of com­ pletely abandoning movement and generating the possible outputs of movement directly, i.e. as structures that contain gaps representing the extraction sites.


Derivation Index Parsing grammar subject

Editors and affiliations

  • Hubert Haider
    • 1
  • Klaus Netter
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for German LinguisticsStuttgart UniversityGermany
  2. 2.DFKISaarbrückenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5524-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3446-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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