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Head movement in linguistic theory

By Ora Matushansky


In this article, I address the issue of head movement in current linguistic theory. I propose a new view of the nature of heads and head movement that reveals that head movement is totally compliant with the standardly suggested properties of grammar. To do so, I suggest that head movement is not a single syntactic operation, but a combination of two operations: a syntactic one (movement)and a morphological one (m-merger). I then provide independent motivation for m-merger, arguing that it can be attested in environments where no head movement took place

Topics: head movement, c-selection, Agree, Merge, Head Movement Constraint, cyclicity
Year: 2006
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