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Foundational Issues in Linguistic TheoryEssays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud$
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Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero, and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062787

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.001.0001

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Phasal Agreement and Reconstruction

Phasal Agreement and Reconstruction

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(p.167) 7 Phasal Agreement and Reconstruction
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Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory
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Alain Rouveret

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.003.0008

This chapter examines the phasal analysis of syntactic derivation, focusing on reconstruction and successive cyclicity effects. It proposes a non-movement analysis of resumptive pronouns in Celtic relative clauses in which these properties are derived under a phasal analysis of Agree. This novel conception of the articulation between resumption, reconstruction, and locality shows that successive cyclicity effects are not the exclusive property of movement derivations and that the correlation of movement with reconstruction effects is not absolute. Under a phasal analysis, Move and Agree therefore can exhibit similar effects. After discussing phasal agreement in resumptive relatives, the chapter considers Agree and phases as well as resumptive pronouns as definite descriptions.

Keywords:   reconstruction, successive cyclicity effects, resumptive pronouns, Celtic, relative clauses, Agree, resumption, movement, phases, locality

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