Yosuke Sato. 2010. Minimalist Interfaces: Evidence from Indonesian and Javanese. Linguistik Aktuell 155. xiii + 159. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. ISBN 978-902-72-5538-9. 95, US$143, hardcover. Puzzles do not exist in a vacuum. Empirical observations rise to the level of puzzles only when cast against a particular theoretical backdrop. Their careful investigation, then, has the potential to elucidate not only the nature of particular linguistic phenomena, but also aspects of the design of the human language faculty itself. This stance is apparent in Yosuke Sato's 2010 monograph, based on his 2008 University of Arizona doctoral dissertation, which studies four aspects of the grammar of Indonesian and Javanese and highlights their theoretical relevance within the framework of the Minimalist Program and to more general questions of grammatical architecture. The book is structured around these four case studies--on reduplication, active voice deletion, preposition-stranding sluicing, and nominal interpretation--with brief introduction and conclusion chapters that provide a theoretical framing.1 The title of this volume makes reference to Sato's Minimalist Interfaces thesis, the idea that syntax proper is "functionally blind," constructing complex syntactic objects "without ever caring about the fate of the objects thus created, leaving the task of their convergence/interpretability entirely to the language-external,
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Published: May 26, 2016
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