UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 11 (1999)
The configurational matrix
AD NEELEMAN & HANS VAN DE KOOT
In this paper we explore what primitives of syntax may explain why grammatical relations are obligatory, unique, local and sensitive to c-command. We propose that these properties follow from the way information percolates in syntactic trees (as regulated by compositionality) and the way information in nodes is organized (as regulated by set theory).