Derivational Minimalism Is Mildly Context–Sensitive

  • Jens Michaelis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2014)


The change within the linguistic framework of transformational grammar from GB–theory to minimalism brought up a particular type of formal grammar, as well. We show that this type of a minimalist grammar (MG) constitutes a subclass of mildly context–sensitive grammars in the sense that for each MG there is a weakly equivalent linear context–free rewriting system (LCFRS). Moreover, an infinite hierarchy of MGs is established in relation to a hierarchy of LCFRSs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Michaelis
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  1. 1.Institut für LinguistikUniversität Potsdam14415 PotsdamGermany

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