chapter  2
30 Pages

Exquisite Connections: Some Remarks on the Evolution of Linguistic Theory

WithROBERT FREIDIN AND JEAN-ROGER VERGNAUD

Lappin, Levine, and Johnson’s (2000) ( Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 18: 665-671; henceforth LLJ) critique of the minimalist program raises three important issues: the relation between the MP and its predecessors (GB theory in particular), the empirical and conceptual motivation for the MP, and the relation (if any) of theoretical linguistics to the natural sciences. Sadly, LU’s critique contributes virtually nothing to our understanding of these topics, as the following discussion will demonstrate.