Article published in:Linguistic Variation Yearbook 2005
Edited by Pierre Pica, Johan Rooryck and Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
[Linguistic Variation Yearbook 5] 2005
► pp. 227–263
Extending the extension condition to discontinuous idioms
This paper makes a specific proposal regarding the structure of idioms as they are listed in the lexicon, which has important ramifications. Specifically, I suggest that first Merge as well as internal Merge can target subconstituents of structures already built by Merge. This creates structures which I call Banyan trees, in which there is more than one undominated node. I suggest that this model, together with certain assumptions about phases and about the functional sequence of syntactic heads, derive important facts about the structure of idioms.
Published online: 11 May 2006
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