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A Distinctness Condition on Linearization

By Norvin Richards


A variety of syntactic phenomena seem to involve a ban on multiple adjacent identical objects. I develop a theory of phenomena of this type, positing a constraint on linearization at the syntax-phonology interface which prevents linearization of structurally adjacent syntactic objects with the same label. The claim is that linearization statements make reference only to node labels, not to particular nodes of the tree, and thus cannot impose an ordering on two nodes with the same label

Topics: LCA, phase, Stylistic Inversion, quotative inversion, construct state, Case
Year: 2014
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