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Provocative Syntax$
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Phil Branigan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014991

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014991.001.0001

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Provoking Trace Deletion

Provoking Trace Deletion

(p.119) 5 Provoking Trace Deletion
Provocative Syntax

Phil Branigan

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This chapter shows that a substantial number of “constraints” which restrict movement in, through, and to the left periphery reduce to one general pattern that bars movement from [Spec, Fin] to [Spec, Force]. One special cases of this generalization is the that-trace effect. With this pattern established, the chapter then shows that it reflects a failure to delete intermediate Ā-traces in successive cyclic Ā-movement, and that this failure induces a crash at logical form. The reason such traces must be deleted can only be that they constitute linguistic objects distinct from the other copies in an interpretable, binary, operator-variable chain.

Keywords:   that-trace effects, movement, left periphery, logical form

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