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Head-Movement and EPP-Features

Ian G. Roberts

in Principles and Parameters in a VSO Language

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195168211
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788453 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168211.003.0006

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

 Head-Movement and EPP-Features

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This chapter compares two types of movement trigger: the F* system of Roberts (2001), Roberts and Roussou (2003) and Chomsky's EPP feature. As a preliminary to this, there is a technical discussion of the nature of head-movement in light of the issues raised in Chomsky (2001:37-8). It is proposed that head-movement involves movement to specifier position followed by ‘Incorporation’, an operation which, at PF, combines adjacent heads into a single head. This leads to a principled account of the absence of ‘absolute V1’ orders, an observation which had been made in earlier chapters. The chapter concludes with a theoretical refinement of some of the conclusions of Chapter 4.

Keywords: verb-first orders; incorporation; F* system; EPP

Chapter.  5392 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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