In minimalist theory spell-out is an instruction to switch to PF. What happens at PF is a point of debate; if one assumes that lexical items come from the lexicon fully inflected, phonological features are 'stripped away' at PF. Another possibility is that Spell-Out accesses the lexicon to associate the syntactic structure with phonological features.
- Chomsky, N. 1998. Minimalist inquiries: the framework, MIT working papers in linguistics.
- Chomsky, N. 1995. The minimalist program, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts/London.
- Chomsky, N. 1993. A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory, MIT occasional papers in linguistics, 1-67. Reprinted in: Chomsky (1995).