Constraints on Displacement

A phase-based approach

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This monograph sets out to derive the effects of standard constraints on displacement like the Minimal Link Condition (MLC) and the Condition on Extraction Domain (CED) from more basic principles in a minimalist approach. Assuming that movement via phase edges is possible only in the presence of edge features on phase heads, simple restrictions can be introduced on when such edge features can be inserted derivationally. The resulting system is shown to correctly predict MLC/CED effects (including certain exceptions, like intervention without c-command and melting). In addition, it derives operator-island effects, a restriction on extraction from verb-second clauses, and island repair by ellipsis. The approach presupposes that syntactic operations apply in a fixed order: Timing emerges as crucial. Thus, the book provides new arguments for a strictly derivational organization of syntax. Accordingly, it should be of interest not only to all syntacticians working on islands, but more generally to all scholars interested in the overall organization of grammar.
[Language Faculty and Beyond, 7]  2011.  x, 339 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction
1–8
1. Locality constraints
9–66
2. (G)MLC and CED in minimalist syntax
67–118
3. On deriving (G)MLC effects from the PIC
119–164
4. On deriving CED effects from the PIC
165–238
5. Operator island effects
239–266
6. Movement from verb-second clauses
267–295
7. Island repair by ellipsis
297–313
Bibliography
315–335
Index
337–339
“Müller's book is very successful in reducing certain locality effects on movement to the PIC. This makes the Minimalist Program more minimalistic, doing away with constraints such as (G)MLC and CED. [T]he book is a must read for linguists working on (locality of) movement, islands, and phases.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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