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Where Does Binding Theory Apply?$
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David Lebeaux

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012904

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012904.001.0001

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More on the Single Tree Condition

More on the Single Tree Condition

(p.15) Chapter 3 More on the Single Tree Condition
Where Does Binding Theory Apply?

Samuel Jay Keyser

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses in more detail the notion of the Single Tree Condition. It presents a number of arguments for the bundling of several conditions at a single level, and the reconstruction of material to a particular spot on the tree, rather than using multiple active copies, or a derivative notion of c-command. Evidence like the “trapping-effect” argument supports A-reconstruction. This A-reconstruction, or copy-and-erasure, was used to place the element in the tree. Six arguments are given for A-reconstruction, including rapping-effect arguments, bound element within DP arguments, and double-binding construction arguments.

Keywords:   A-reconstruction, Single Tree Condition, Chomsky, rapping-effect arguments, DP arguments, double-binding construction

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