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Backward Binding and the C-T Phase : A Case of Syntactic Haplology

Platzack, Christer LU (2012) In Functional Heads : The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7
Abstract
The Germanic V2 languages differ from English and Italian in not allowing backward binding. In this paper I have tried to account for this cross-linguistic variation in terms of a recent proposal by Chomsky (2008) that A-chains and A-bar chains should be held strictly apart, and that A-movement and A-bar movement sometimes may take place in parallel. With respect to backward binding, I have claimed that this is a connectivity effect, only possible when we have an A-bar chain. Observing with Cardinaletti (2004) that there are at least two subject positions in front of the verb (disregarding V2), the relevant difference between V2-languages and English and Italian seems to be that these positions are divided between Spec-CP and Spec-TP in V2... (More)
The Germanic V2 languages differ from English and Italian in not allowing backward binding. In this paper I have tried to account for this cross-linguistic variation in terms of a recent proposal by Chomsky (2008) that A-chains and A-bar chains should be held strictly apart, and that A-movement and A-bar movement sometimes may take place in parallel. With respect to backward binding, I have claimed that this is a connectivity effect, only possible when we have an A-bar chain. Observing with Cardinaletti (2004) that there are at least two subject positions in front of the verb (disregarding V2), the relevant difference between V2-languages and English and Italian seems to be that these positions are divided between Spec-CP and Spec-TP in V2 languages, but not in English/Italian, where both subject positions are in the T/Infl-domain, enabling a kind of syntactic haplology. Thus, English and Italian, but not the Germanic V2-languages, allow backward binding (Less)
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Germanic V2, Psych-verbs, Romance, backward binding
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Functional Heads : The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7
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Brugé, Laura; Cardinaletti, Anna; Giusti, Giuliana and Poletto, Cecilia
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Oxford University Press
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978-0-19-974673-6
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10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0015
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  abstract     = {The Germanic V2 languages differ from English and Italian in not allowing backward binding. In this paper I have tried to account for this cross-linguistic variation in terms of a recent proposal by Chomsky (2008) that A-chains and A-bar chains should be held strictly apart, and that A-movement and A-bar movement sometimes may take place in parallel. With respect to backward binding, I have claimed that this is a connectivity effect, only possible when we have an A-bar chain. Observing with Cardinaletti (2004) that there are at least two subject positions in front of the verb (disregarding V2), the relevant difference between V2-languages and English and Italian seems to be that these positions are divided between Spec-CP and Spec-TP in V2 languages, but not in English/Italian, where both subject positions are in the T/Infl-domain, enabling a kind of syntactic haplology. Thus, English and Italian, but not the Germanic V2-languages, allow backward binding},
  author       = {Platzack, Christer},
  editor       = {Brugé, Laura and Cardinaletti, Anna and Giusti, Giuliana and Poletto, Cecilia},
  isbn         = {978-0-19-974673-6},
  keyword      = {Germanic V2,Psych-verbs,Romance,backward binding},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Functional Heads : The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7},
  title        = {Backward Binding and the C-T Phase : A Case of Syntactic Haplology},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0015},
  year         = {2012},
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