### Multidominant Minimalist Grammars (MDMGs)

Fowlie, Meaghan. 2011. *Multidominant Minimalist
Grammars.* UCLA Master's thesis. Committee: Ed Stabler (chair), Ed
Keenan, Jessica Rett

**Abstract:**

- In this thesis I give a precise formal definition of a Minimalist Grammar whose output trees are not actually trees, but rather multidominant graphs: some nodes may have more than one mother. I use Multidominance purely as a theory of movement, or, more accurately, Remerge. This paper examines the mathematical properties of multidominant graphs, and compares them to those of trees. I define a Minimalist Grammar that generates multidominant graphs whose set of derivations is that same as those of Keenan & Stabler (2003)'s string-generating grammar and Kobele et al (2007)'s tree-generating grammar. Using this grammar, I then propose a semantics that can apply to this derived structure. We find that no variables are needed in the syntax, and "moved" constituents give few problems since they are directly accessible from both locations. This semantics is based on Kobele (2010)'s semantics on minimalist derivation trees, but is modified to apply to the derived multidominant structures. Under multidominance, there is no need for Kobele's ``quantifier store'', as the graph does the storage itself.

**Excerpt:**

**Other documents:**

- OCaml transducer from derivation trees to multidominant graphs, and a second implimentation, also in OCaml
- CUSP IV slides
- UCLA MathLing circle slides

**BibTeX:**

@mastersthesis{Fowlie11thesis, Author = {Meaghan Fowlie}, School = {University of California, Los Angeles}, Title = {Multidominant Minimalist Grammars}, Year = {2011} }