The Minimalist Program (MP)

Linguistics is the scientific study of language.  Theoretical linguistics is the study of the four components of grammar: phonology, semantics, syntax and morphology.  The language faculty is a module (in the sense of the Modularity Hypothesis, MH) that is referred to as Faculty of Language in a Narrow sense (FLN).  The Universal Grammar (UG) hypothesis claims that young children acquire language thanks to a set of universal operations and a set of universal linguistic features.  The features provide the inputs to these operations.  In this essay I introduce a leading account for how these operations unfold in FLN.  Read the full PDF here: The Minimalist Program

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