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Government and Binding

Government and Binding is a linguistic theory of syntax which was developed mainly by Noam Chomsky (1981, 1982, 1986). This theory continues on from his earlier transformational grammar (1957, 1965) and was later revised by Chomsky's new theory: The Minimalist Program (1993).

GB tries to explain a universal grammar theory (UG), which describes all languages. It is somewhat of a misnomer as Government and Binding theories only form a small part of the whole - it is also known, more appropriately, as Principles and Parameters.


Noam Chomsky, "Lectures on Government and Binding"

Liliane Haegeman, "Introduction to Government and Binding", 2nd Ed. 1994 Blackwell.

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