Article published in:Minimalism and Beyond: Radicalizing the interfaces
Edited by Peter Kosta, Steven L. Franks, Teodora Radeva-Bork and Lilia Schürcks
[Language Faculty and Beyond 11] 2014
► pp. 195–235
Multiattachment syntax, “Movement” effects, and Spell-Out
This paper addresses a set of puzzles associated with Spell-Out. Of primary concern is the pronunciation and interpretation of hypothetical intermediate copies of moved constituents. I show that LF wh-movement never exhibits any intermediate effects and argue that intermediate effects are best accommodated by rejecting successive cyclic movement in favor of a “one fell swoop” feature-driven approach. I regard “movement” as feature-driven multiattachment, rather than re-merge of actual copies. This relation is unbounded in the syntax; wh-movement intermediate effects arise through the attempt to form a chain for Spell-Out purposes. Since these can only involve C (there being no intermediate SpecCPs), all such effects are head effects.
Published online: 24 September 2014
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