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Agreement and Head Movement: Clitics, Incorporation, and Defective Goals

Ian Roberts


This book explores the consequences of Noam Chomsky’s conjecture that head movement is not part of the narrow syntax, the computational system which relates the lexicon to the interfaces. Unlike other treatments of the subject that discard the concept entirely, it retains the core intuition behind head movement and examines the extent to which it can be reformulated and rethought. The book argues that the current conception of syntax must accommodate a species of head movement, although this operation differs somewhat in technical detail and in empirical coverage from earlier understandings of ... More

Keywords: Noam Chomsky, head movement, narrow syntax, lexicon, interfaces, Agree relation, XP-movement, phrases, heads, internal merge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014304
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Roberts, author