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Licensed Unlicensed Requires Authentication Published by De Gruyter Mouton September 11, 2006

Minimizing government: Deletion as cliticization

David Lightfoot
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The rigors of the Minimalist Program eliminate movement operations, traces, and 1980s-style conditions of government. This article emphasizes poverty-of-stimulus problems, reviews lexical government effects, and captures them (and more) by treating certain deletion as cliticization. This analysis carves up the grammatical world differently, linking former “movement” conditions with phonological reductions, VP ellipsis, gapped verbs, some agreement relations, etc. The productivity of the analysis supports the rigors of the Minimalist Program.

Published Online: 2006-09-11
Published in Print: 2006-08-01

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