Extended Standard Theory

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Extended Standard Theory is an elaboration of the Standard theory. Its distinguishing marks are the strengthening of the hypothesis of the autonomy of syntax, the claim that semantic interpretation is determined by more than one level of representation, the introduction of Move alpha, trace theory, and the theory of LF. The EST originates in Chomsky (1973).


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  • Chomsky, N. 1986a. Knowledge of language: its nature, origin and use, Praeger, New York.
  • Chomsky, N. 1981. Lectures on Government and Binding, Foris, Dordrecht.
  • Chomsky, N. 1973. Conditions on transformations, in: S.R. Anderson & P. Kiparsky, A festschrift for Morris Halle, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York.