The Copy Theory of Movement

Norbert Corver | Utrecht University
ORCID logoJairo Nunes | University of Sao Paulo
ISBN 9789027233714 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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This volume brings together papers which address issues regarding the copy theory of movement. According to this theory, a trace is a copy of the moved element that is deleted in the phonological component but is available for interpretation at L(ogical) F(orm). Thus far, the bulk of the research on the copy theory has mainly focused on interpretation issues at LF. The consequences of the copy theory for syntactic computation per se and for the syntax–phonology mapping, in particular, have received much less attention in the literature, despite its crucial relevance for the whole architecture of the model. As a contribution to fill this gap, this volume congregates recent work that deals with empirical and conceptual consequences of the copy theory of movement for the inner working of syntactic computations within the Minimalist Program, with special emphasis on the syntax–phonology mapping.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 107] 2007.  vi, 388 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
From trace theory to copy theory
Norbert Corver and Jairo Nunes
Part I. The copy theory of movement on the PF-side
The copy theory of movement: A view from PF
Željko Bošković and Jairo Nunes
Part II. On multiple realization of copies
Double realization of verbal copies in European Portuguese emphatic affirmation
Ana Maria Martins
On fusion and multiple copy spell-out: The case of verbal repetition
Jason Kandybowicz
Verb copying in Mandarin Chinese
Lisa Lai-Shen Cheng
Dutch 's-prolepsis as a copying phenomenon
Norbert Corver
Part III. On lower copy realization
Free word order and copy theory of movement
Sandra Stjepanović
Variable pronunciation sites and types of wh-in-situ
Chris H. Reintges
Part IV. Further issues
Cyclic chain reduction
Tomohiro Fujii
Agreement with (the internal structure of) copies of movement
Marjo van Koppen
Pronouns in a Minimalist Setting
Norbert Hornstein
“"If I look at the sky and see two identical airplanes, one following the other at a certain distance, my common sense, my cognitive make-up and my experience tell me that, putting aside the possibility of an optical illusion, I am indeed facing two distinct, albeit similar airplanes, rather than two instantiations of the same airplane occupying different chunks of space. One of the intriguing aspects of the copy theory of traces, especially as developed in this book, is that this basic informal principle of perception does not apply in the realm of language: under certain circumstances, the same linguistic object may occupy (be pronounced/perceived/interpreted) in two different sentential positions. There appears to be an analogue in the domain of general relativity theory: in the vicinity of an extremely massive body such as a black hole, the light emanating, say, from a star, may be bent in such a way that it goes through two distinct, opposite sides of the hole. Appropriately positioned, we might thus be able to see two instantiations of the same star. If the copy theory is correct, it will confirm in an intriguing way the fact that language has "properties that appear to be unusual in the biological world" (Chomsky, The Minimalist Program) but are instead rather close to those of physical systems of some complexity."”
“"Few ideas have gained such a central importance in modern linguistics as syntactic movement. This special property of human languages - which is in some way implemented in all theoretical models - is now at the very center of the debate within the Minimalist Programme for its major consequences on the general architecture of the language faculty. Norbert Corver and Jairo Nunes's anthology focus on the nature of this phenomenon providing strong original evidence in favour of the so-called "copy theory of movement" which constitutes one of the most innovative ideas of the Miminalist Programme itself. An unvaluable source of data and a thought-provoking challenge to any future research in the field."”
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