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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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Superiority, Reconstruction, and Islands

Superiority, Reconstruction, and Islands

(p.196) (p.197) 8 Superiority, Reconstruction, and Islands
Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory

Cedric Boeckx

Norbert Hornstein

The MIT Press

This chapter examines how the analysis of resumptive pronouns affects syntactic theory, with an emphasis on superiority, reconstruction, and islands in Lebanese Arabic multiple-wh constructions in relation to the minimalist program. It argues that the quantified noun phrase subject of the complement clause can bind the pronoun contained in the fronted wh-phrase in cases where the resumptive pronoun occurs in a non-island context. It also considers the absence of reconstruction effects for resumptive pronouns inside islands and suggests that the copy theory of movement, which follows from the Inclusiveness Condition, is not compatible with the minimal link analysis of superiority (via either shortest move or attract).

Keywords:   resumptive pronouns, syntactic theory, superiority, reconstruction, islands, Lebanese Arabic, multiple-wh constructions, minimalist program, copy theory of movement

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