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Phase Extension Contours of a theory of the role of head movement in phrasal extraction

Marcel den Dikken
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1. The Program

Starting out from the central ingredients of the analysis of the locality restrictions on Predicate Inversion presented in Den Dikken (2006a), in this paper I will lay the foundations for a theory of syntactic locality and the relationship between phrasal extraction and head movement that is predicated on the premises below:

(1) Phase Impenetrability

syntactic relationships (Agree) and processes (Move) are constrained by the Phase Impenetrability Condition (PIC) of Chomsky (2000 et passim): in phase α with head H, the domain is not accessible to operations outside α, only H and its edge are accessible to such operations

(2) Inherent Phase

an inherent phase is a predication (subject–predicate structure)

(3) Phase Extension

syntactic movement of the head H of a phase α up to the head X of the node β dominating α extends the phase up from α to β; α loses its phasehood in the process, and any constituent on the edge of α ends up in the domain of the derived phase β as a result of Phase Extension

Published Online: 2007-08-27
Published in Print: 2007-06-19

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