A Characterization of Minimalist Languages

  • Henk Harkema
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2099)


In this paper we will fix the position of Minimalist Grammars as defined in Stabler (1997) in the hierarchy of formal languages. Michaelis (1998) has shown that the set of languages generated by Minimalist Grammars is a subset of the set of languages generated by Multiple Context-Free Grammars (Seki et al., 1991). In this paper we will present a proof showing the reverse. We thus conclude that Minimalist Grammars are weakly equivalent to Multiple Context-Free Grammars.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henk Harkema
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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