SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Lovestrand, Joseph and Lowe, John J. (2017) 'Minimal C-structure: Rethinking Projection in Phrase Structure.' In: Butt, Miriam and King, Tracy Holloway, (eds.), Proceedings of the LFG’17 Conference. Stanford: CSLI Publications, pp. 285-305.

[img] Text - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Request a copy


This paper addresses the formal properties of constituent structure (cstructure). We demonstrate inadequacies in the formalization of traditional X0 theory by Bresnan (2001) and Bresnan et al. (2016), and in the alternative proposal of Marcotte (2014). We propose “minimal c-structure” as a new approach to phrase structure within Lexical-Functional Grammar, which almost entirely eliminates non-branching nodes, and neatly captures the distinction between projecting and non-projecting words. Our proposal is fully formalized, and has been successfully tested by an XLE implementation.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Additional Information: ISSN: 1098-6782
Keywords: constituent-structure, phrase structure, projecting nodes, non-branching nodes, XLE
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 10:03
Related URLs: https://web.sta ... 017/index.shtml (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

Altmetric Data

There is no Altmetric data currently associated with this item.


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item