Minimal residue

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Notion in checking theory. The minimal residue of X is the smallest subset K of the residue(X) S, such that for any element A of S, some element B of K reflexively dominates A.


In (i), the residue of X is ZP, UP, WP, H and whatever these categories dominate. The minimal residue of X is just {ZP, UP, WP, H}. The minimal residue of H is {UP, ZP, WP}.

(i)    XP1
      /  \
     UP  XP2
       /  \
     ZP1    X'
    /\      /\
   /  \    /  \
  WP  ZP2  X1  YP
         /  \
        H   X2


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, N. 1995. The minimalist program, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts/London.
  • Chomsky, N. 1993. A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory, MIT occasional papers in linguistics, 1-67. Reprinted in: Chomsky (1995).