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Agreement and Head Movement

Clitics, Incorporation, and Defective Goals

Ian Roberts

Publication Year: 2010

An argument that, contrary to Chomsky, head-movement is part of the narrow syntax.

Published by: The MIT Press

Series: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v-vi

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii

We are pleased to present the fifty-ninth in the series Linguistic Inquiry Monographs. These monographs present new and original research beyond the scope of the article. We hope they will benefit our field by bringing to it perspectives that will stimulate further research and insight. ...

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pp. viii

I would like to thank the following people for their help, at different times and in different ways, with this book: Roberta D’Alessandro, Theresa Biberauer, Anna Cardinaletti, Lucia Cavalli, Angel Gallego, Kleanthes Grohmann, Teresa Guasti, Anders Holmberg, Winnie Lechner, Adam Ledgeway, ...

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pp. 1-5

Head-movement operations have been featured in many versions of generative grammar, most often in the analysis of the English auxiliary system and related parts of the syntax of familiar languages; see for example Affix Hopping in Chomsky 1957, McCawley’s (1971, 97) Tense-attraction rule, ...

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1. LF-Effects of Head Movement

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pp. 7-28

The claim that head movement lacks semantic effects can be seen as a justification for placing this operation exclusively in the PF-interface(s), seeing it as purely an aspect of the interface between narrow syntax and the morphological and phonological operations that ultimately derive phonetic/phonological representations. ...

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2. Head Movement and Pied-Piping

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pp. 29-40

Chomsky (2000, 101–102) defines Move as the combination of Agree, Merge, and Pied-pipe. Move thus decomposes into three more primitive operations. Two of these are clearly defined and understood. Merge "takes two syntactic objects α and β and forms a new object γ = {α, β}" (Chomsky 2001, 3). ...

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3. Cliticization

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pp. 41-155

In this chapter, I develop and motivate at length an analysis of Romance clitics. Following an idea that has become fairly standard since Muysken’s (1982) original proposal, I treat clitics as simultaneously maximal and minimal elements. As such they are able to move both as XPs and as heads (as was first pointed out by Sportiche (1996)). ...

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4. Verb Movement and Incorporation

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pp. 157-192

Up to now we have seen that there is some empirical motivation for head movement, in that, pace Chomsky (2001, 37–38), it shows LF-effects. We have also argued that there may be a theoretical reason to retain head movement, to the extent that what we called the pied-piping stipulation—the requirement that Internal Merge only aspect phrasal categories—cannot be derived in full. ...

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5. Head Movement and the Theory of Movement

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pp. 193-212

The previous chapters have, I believe, made the case for the existence of syntactic head movement. The goal of this chapter is to see how head movement relates to the general theory of movement. There are three principal issues, which I address in turn: the status of the Head Movement Constraint, ...

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6. Conclusions

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pp. 213-216

In the preceding chapters I have presented what I believe to be a conceptually natural and attractive account of head movement based on the central idea of minimal phases. If the theoretical and empirical arguments made here are correct, then head movement cannot and should not be eliminated from narrow syntax. ...


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pp. 277-290

Further Reading

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E-ISBN-13: 9780262289726
Print-ISBN-13: 9780262014304

Page Count: 302
Publication Year: 2010

Series Title: Linguistic Inquiry Monographs