• Tree maximization and the generalized extended projection principle

      Carnie, Andrew; Medeiros, David; University of Arizona (University of Arizona Linguistics Circle, 2005)
      In this paper we argue that a number of unexplained and stipulative properties of the grammar (such as the Generalized Extended Projection Principle, Binary Branching, Labeling) find a functional explanation, if we view them as correlates of a general desire for the grammar to maximize trees in such a way that they result in a Fibonacci-like sequence of maximal categories.