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Contiguity Theory$
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Norvin Richards

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034425

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034425.001.0001

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Head Movement

Head Movement

(p.201) 6 Head Movement
Contiguity Theory

Norvin Richards

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The theory developed so far is applied to head-movement; along with the existing requirements of Generalized Contiguity and Affix Support, the chapter adds a requirement that affixes be attached to hosts, which happens in the default case via an operation of lowering that applies in the prosodic tree (and which can therefore be disrupted by the Contiguity relations in which affixes find themselves). The resulting account yields the placement of verbs in tensed non-V2 clauses in English, French, Danish, Icelandic, Spanish, Italian, Irish, and Malagasy. English do-support is a language-specific measure for dealing with cases in which lowering of affixes is impossible; other languages are shown to perform head-movement in such cases. Bjorkman’s account of the distribution of auxiliaries is crucial.

Keywords:   head-movement, do-support, Bjorkman, French, Danish, Icelandic, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Malagasy

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