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Contiguity Theory

Norvin Richards


Current Minimalist approaches to syntax claim that languages simply vary in the distribution of overt movement. Some languages have overt wh-movement, or EPP effects, or movement of the verb to T, for example, while others do not, and these are basic parameters of cross-linguistic difference, which cannot be made to follow from any other properties of the languages in question. This book offers a theory of the cross-linguistic distribution of overt movement. The central claim is that the construction of phonological representations begins during the syntactic derivation, and that overt movemen ... More

Keywords: wh-movement, EPP, head-movement, prosody, stress, affixes, phonology, morphology, syntax

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034425
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norvin Richards, author