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1. The minimalist framework

Minimalism is the name of the predominant approach in generative linguistics today. It was first introduced by Chomsky in his work The minimalist program (1995) and has undergone several developments and changes since. The central idea of minimalism is that a linguistic theory should contain as few nonderived assumptions as possible. Many notions that had been developed in earlier generative theory, in particula…

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Joost Kremers, “Minimalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0215>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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