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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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(p.213) 6 Conclusions
Agreement and Head Movement

Ian Roberts

The MIT Press

This book has explored head movement based on the central idea of minimal phases, and has argued that it cannot and should not be eliminated from narrow syntax, therefore implying a reconsideration of recent suggestions to replace certain cases of head movement with remnant movement and/or PF-movement. This concluding chapter reexamines Noam Chomsky’s objections to head movement, and considers the Extension Condition, which Chomsky claims is violated by the derived structure of head movement. The book has argued that its effects derive from Edge Features, in which case it is satisfied by some cases of head movement, but not by other types of head movement (those triggered by Agree and defectivity). This is similar to what can be observed with XP-movement: EF triggers A0-movement but not A-movement; the former thus obeys the Extension Condition, while the latter does not.

Keywords:   Noam Chomsky, head movement, Extension Condition, minimal phases, narrow syntax, remnant movement, PF-movement, Edge Features, A0-movement, A-movement

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