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LINGUIST List 22.3814

Fri Sep 30 2011

Disc: Inclusiveness Condition

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        1.     David Schueler , Inclusiveness Condition

Message 1: Inclusiveness Condition
Date: 27-Sep-2011
From: David Schueler <daschuelumn.edu>
Subject: Inclusiveness Condition
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I was wondering if anyone could help me understand why the
Inclusiveness Condition, as defined in Chomsky 1995 and other work
in the Minimalist Program, is so widely assumed as a working

In most formulations, it says that in a language with optimal design, the
computational system will not add information in the course of the
derivation which is not already present in the lexical items.

My question is: why? I don't see what's so imperfect about a
computational system which adds information.

This is a separate question from whether languages in fact have this
property, since as Chomsky says many times, languages probably are
not optimally designed after all; the SMT is probably false.

But my question is, why would satisfying Inclusiveness be a criterion for
being optimal in the first place?

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

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