Article published in:Phrasal and Clausal Architecture: Syntactic derivation and interpretation. In honor of Joseph E. Emonds
Edited by Simin Karimi, Vida Samiian and Wendy K. Wilkins
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 101] 2007
► pp. 188–205
Structure preservingness, internal Merge, and the strict locality of triads
This paper examines Emonds’ Structure Preserving Hypothesis, and suggests that the insight behind this hypothesis survives reformulation in terms of recent minimalist theory: each structure created by internal merge can also, independently, be created by external merge. As before, this makes movement (as expressed by its successor concept “internal merge”) redundant. From a meta-theoretical perspective, merge has the same formas other local relations, such as “displacement”, reflexivization and agreement. This suggests a generalization in terms of triads: linguistic relations can only affect sisters and/or their immediately dominating node. Variables can be eliminated by successive chaining of triads.
Published online: 21 February 2007
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