Ranta – Type-Theoretical Grammars: Less interesting than I thought. I was excited to read how someone could use type theory to treat natural language, but it didn’t turn out to be that fascinating. He basically gives lists of natural language expressions and their translation into type theory. I was looking for a more generative or tree-like way of doing things.
Jackendoff – On Idioms: I liked it. Makes a lot of sense to change the syntactic tree-depth of a lexical expression in function of its transparency, what we can have access to in it.
Horn – Idioms, Metaphors, and Syntactic Mobility: Suite to Jackendoff, less interesting. He classifies the different kind of idioms in different classes, calls some of them metaphors, others real idioms. He ends up with 3 or 4 different classes that don’t really make sense, are very arbitrary in their distribution. He talks about how some idioms are more metaphoric because their idiomatic meaning has some resemblance in its argument structure to its common meaning. Bah.
Stabler – A Formalization of Minimalist Syntax: Nice. Very clear. At the same time a short introduction to minimalism and a formalisation of it.
Stabler – Derivational Minimalism: Stabler’s original article on minimalist grammars. Interesting. Maybe a bit hard to get into it at first because of the notation and definitions to remember. I liked it.
Stabler – Two Models of Minimalist, Incremental Syntactic Analysis: Showed that minimalist grammars and multiple context-free grammars are strongly equivalent. Interesting. Big part of the paper is in showing the isomorphism between derivations, so that’s more technical, less fun to look at I guess.
Stabler – On Language Variation and Linguistic Invariants: Quick overview of their program of looking at structural invariants within languages.
Stabler – Mathematics of Language Learning: Interesting, gives different mathematical approaches that people have used to look at language learning, like Markov chains and perceptrons.
Keenan, Stabler – Bare Grammar: They lay down a different approach to grammar where, instead of just coming up with syntactic categories and the kind of properties they have and so on, they look at how we can transform a sentence into another, both grammatical, and how certain lexical items will always stick together, can only be interechanged between themselves; these subsets would then form a category.
Kracht – The Mathematics of Language (ch. 6): I read it to get a more formal introduction to transformation grammars and HPSG. Really pretty, I liked it.