Agreement and Head Movement

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In Agreement and Head Movement,Ian Roberts explores the consequences of Chomsky's conjecture that head-movement is not part of the narrow syntax, the computational system that relates the lexicon to the interfaces. Unlike other treatments of the subject that discard the concept entirely, Roberts's monograph retains the core intuition behind head-movement and examines to what extent it can be reformulated and rethought. Roberts argues that the current conception of syntax must accommodate a species of head-movement, although this operation differs somewhat in technical detail and in empirical coverage from earlier understandings of it. He proposes that head-movement is part of the narrow syntax and that it applies where the goal of an Agree relation is defective, in a sense that he defines. Roberts argues that the theoretical status of head-movement is very similar-in fact identical in various ways-to that of XP-movement. Thus head-movement, like XP-movement, should be regarded as part of narrow syntax exactly to the extent that XP-movement should be. If one aspect of minimalist theorizing is to eliminate unnecessary distinctions, then Roberts's argument can be seen as eliminating the distinction between "heads" and "phrases" in relation to internal merge (and therefore reducing the distinctions currently made between internal and external merge). Linguistic Inquiry Monographs 59

Author Biography

Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at Cambridge University.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
LF-Effects of Head Movementp. 7
Head Movement and Licensing Polarity Itemsp. 8
Lechner (2005) on Semantically Active Head Movement (SAHM)p. 13
Remnant Movement and LF-Effectsp. 17
The Lack of Semantic Effects of Head Movement: Matushansky (2006)p. 23
Conclusionp. 28
Head Movement and Pied-Pipingp. 29
Structure Preservationp. 30
Chain Uniformityp. 31
The A-over-A Conditionp. 33
Conclusionp. 38
Cliticizationp. 41
Introduction: Minimal Phasesp. 41
Movement to a Minimal Categoryp. 50
Phase Heads as Targets of Cliticization: Adverbal and Second-Position Cliticsp. 65
Cyclic Clitic Movement: Clitic Climbingp. 75
"Clitic Climbing" in Compound Tensesp. 76
Clitic Climbing in Restructuring Contextsp. 79
Clitics in Causative Constructionsp. 90
Conclusionp. 101
Subject Cliticsp. 102
Cliticization to T: Subject Clitics in Northern Italian and Tuscan Dialectsp. 102
Subject Cliticization to C in Rhaeto-Romansch and Elsewherep. 114
Subject-Clitic Merger in v: si/se Constructionsp. 120
Conclusionp. 127
Other Aspects of Romance Cliticizationp. 128
Complement Clitic Doublingp. 128
Indirect-Object Clitics, Clitic Clusters, and the Person-Case Constraintp. 139
Cliticization to P and Elsewherep. 149
Conclusionp. 155
Verb Movement and Incorporationp. 157
Verb Movementp. 158
Verb Movement and the A-over-A Principlep. 158
V-to-T Movementp. 159
Verb Secondp. 168
Conclusionp. 183
Incorporationp. 183
Verb Incorporationp. 183
A Note on Noun Incorporationp. 188
Conclusionp. 191
Head Movement and the Theory of Movementp. 193
The Head Movement Constraintp. 193
Excorporationp. 206
Types of Movementp. 208
Conclusionsp. 213
Notesp. 217
Referencesp. 253
Indexp. 277
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