This book is a compilation of manuscripts and publications from
2001-2010 by Jean-Roger Vergnaud, in collaboration with colleagues
and students. This work is guided by the scientific belief that
broader mathematical principles should guide linguistic inquiry, as
they guide classical biology and physics. From this, Vergnaud's
hypotheses take the representation of the computational component
of language to a more abstract level: one that derives constituent
structure. He treats linguistic features as primitives, and argues
that a 2 x n matrix allows for multiple discrete dimensions to
represent symmetries in linguistic features and to derive the
fabric of syntax (and perhaps of phonology as well). Three primary
research questions guide the core of these papers. (A)
Methodologically, how can broadly defined mathematical/cognitive
principles guide linguistic investigation? (B) To what extent do
general mathematical principles apply across linguistic domains?
What principles guide computation at different levels of linguistic
structure (phonology, metrical structure, syntax)? (C) How is the
computational domain defined? In these manuscripts, Vergnaud's goal
is not to radically depart from the Minimalist Program within
generative grammar, but rather to take the underlying goal of the
generative program and bring it to an even more general scientific
level. The themes of symmetry and periodicity in this book reflect
his goal of scientific progress in linguistics, and he has opened
the doors to new exploration of old empirical problems in
linguistics that may, someday, have deeper biological and physical
explanations through the theory presented in this publication.
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