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Property Delay (Remarks on “Phase Extension” by Marcel den Dikken)

David Pesetsky
From the journal


1. Truth in unpackaging

In his paper, den Dikken argues that several syntactic and semantic phenomena provide evidence for a package of proposals that includes the following four claims:

(1) 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”. (den Dikken's (3))

(2) Phase Impenetrability Condition as in Chomsky (2000, passim) [PIC] “[I]n phase α with head H, the domain [of H] is not accessible to operations outside α, only H and its edge are accessible to such operations”. (den Dikken's (1))

(3) Adjunction Prohibition

“[A]djunction to meaningless categories is disallowed.”

(den Dikken's (18))

(4) Inherent Phase

“[A]n inherent phase is a predication (subject–predicate structure).”

(den Dikken's (2))

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

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