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Internal Pair-Merge : the Missing Mode of Movement
Richards, Marc (University of Leipzig. Institute of Linguistics)

Data: 2009
Resum: In this brief article, I point out the predicted existence of a second mode of movement (alongside Internal Set-Merge) that should be sanctioned under Chomsky’s Strong Minimalist Thesis, namely Internal Pair-Merge, essentially yielding ‘movement by adjunction’. I then suggest one possible area in which the computational system makes use of this mode of movement – namely, it allows us to implement Agree-less Move to phase heads (aka ‘pure EPP-movement’, or Chomsky’s (2007, 2008) Edge-Feature movement) without compromising the Activity Condition, thus potentially yielding a truly minimalist, narrow-syntactic analysis of optional, ‘discourse-driven’, ‘stylistic’ movement operations like topicalization and focus-movement. Not only does Internal Pair-Merge emerge as a theoretical possibility implied by the SMT (section 1), but it is also a device that is fully exploited by the computational system (section 2).
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Llengua: Anglès.
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Merge ; Internal Merge ; Set-Merge ; Pair-Merg ; Optional movement ; EPP ; Edge Feature ; Activity Condition ; Strong Minimalist Thesis
Publicat a: Catalan Journal of Linguistics, V. 8 (2009) p. 55-73, ISSN 2014-9719

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