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Agreement and Head MovementClitics, Incorporation, and Defective Goals$
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Ian Roberts

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014304

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014304.001.0001

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Head Movement and Pied-Piping

Head Movement and Pied-Piping

(p.29) 2 Head Movement and Pied-Piping
Agreement and Head Movement

Ian Roberts

The MIT Press

According to Noam Chomsky, Move is the combination of Agree, Merge, and Pied-pipe. It decomposes into three more primitive operations, whereas Merge takes two syntactic objects—α and β—and forms a new object, and is therefore the basic combinatorial operation of narrow syntax. Agree holds between α and β having interpretable and uninterpretable inflectional features, respectively. This chapter examines three possible ways of eliminating head movement from narrow syntax: structure preservation, chain uniformity, and the A-over-A Condition. It shows that the A-over-A Condition, but not structure preservation and chain uniformity, offers a viable way of forcing pied-piping of the maximal projection of the goal.

Keywords:   Noam Chomsky, Move, Agree, Merge, narrow syntax, head movement, structure preservation, chain uniformity, A-over-A Condition, pied-piping

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