Principles and Parameters framework
The conception of grammar introduced in Chomsky (1981), which takes natural language, i.e. our linguistic competence to be a complex of subsystems of principles, each with one or more parameters of variation, and grammars of particular languages to be determined by fixing parameters in these (sub)systems.
- Chomsky, N. 1986a. Knowledge of language: its nature, origin and use, Praeger, New York.
- Chomsky, N. 1981. Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht.
- Chomsky, N. and H. Lasnik 1993. The theory of principles and parameters, in: J. Jacobs A. von Stechow, W. Sternefeld, and T. Vennemann (eds.) Syntax: an international handbook of contemporary research, De Gruyter, Berlin. Reprinted in: Chomsky (1995), The minimalist program, ch.1, pp.13-127, MIT Press, Cambridge MA.
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