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  • Authors: Savova, Virginia (2006)

  • A central question for linguistics is how strings and structures relate to one another. The majority of frameworks that exist today assume that the hidden structures contain complete information about word order. Hence, the theory of grammar is only a theory of the structure-generating component. However, it is possible to design a theory of grammar which views the structure-generating component as separate from the linearization component. As a result, structural descriptions can directly incorporate multi-dominance, and consequently eliminate the need for transformational devices like movement. Another benefit is that linearization can take into account any combination of structural, morpho-phonological and discourse features, paving the way for a word or-der typology in the style...