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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 the Theory of Movement

Head Movement and the Theory of Movement

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Agreement and Head Movement

Ian Roberts

The MIT Press

This chapter explores how head movement relates to the general theory of movement, focusing on “excorporation” and the Head Movement Constraint (HMC). Whereas excorporation is permitted in head movement only under highly constrained conditions, the HMC is nonexistent. As in all other cases of movement, head movement is subject to the locality conditions imposed by the Phase Impenetrability Condition and the general ban on interveners that is essential to the locality condition on Agree. The chapter also considers the possibility of head movement triggered by Edge Features (also known as “A0” head movement), and argues that such cases may exist, as “head topicalization/focalization” and as “wh-head movement.”

Keywords:   Head Movement Constraint, head movement, theory of movement, excorporation, Phase Impenetrability Condition, Agree, locality conditions, Edge Features, wh-head movement, head topicalization

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