ON JIM HUANG’S IDEA OF MACRO-PARAMETERS
Intellectually, no less than economically, politically, and socially, globalization challenges an operational system or organized group with two key testing demands. One is the swift enlargement of production scale, such as by means of robotic production of cars, and the other is the speedy expansion of marketing scope, such as through multi-national marketing for the manufactured cars. Jim Huang’s recent work on ‘macro-parameters’ promises to overcome these two challenges to the Generative Grammar. To assess Huang’s program, four pairs of macro-parameters were examined: (i) synthesis and analysis, (ii) temporal sequencing and finite-verb hierarchy, (iii) the unergative and the unaccusative structures, and (iv) satellite-framing and verb-framing. Together they seem to provide a strong support for the viability and utility of Huang’s innovation as one potential avenue leading to a fruitful adaptation of the Generative Grammar to globalization.
Key words: Generative Grammar, macro-parameters, synthesis and analysis, temporal sequencing and finite-verb hierarchy, the unergative and unaccusative structures, satellite-framing and verb-framing