(Non-)Extraction from Subjects as an Edge Phenomenon

George Kotzoglou

in The Complementizer Phase

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584352
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594526 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

(Non-)Extraction from Subjects as an Edge Phenomenon

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This chapter examines the lack of Subject Condition violations in null subject languages (and, most prominently, Greek). The chapter proposes that Subject Condition effects are due to a prohibition on multiple phase‐internal movement. Modifying Nunes's (1999, 2004) proposal, and in the spirit of Richards (2001, 2006), Boeckx (2003, 2008) the chapter argues for a Restriction on Copy Reduction, an anti‐locality princple which bans the PF‐silencing of more than one movement copies of a single element within the lifespan of a syntactic phase. It is shown that this principle follows as soon as we assume that the notion ‘chain’ has no place in a derivational model of grammar.

Keywords: Subject Condition; CED; Condition on Extraction Domains; phase; Restriction on Copy Reduction; RCR; Phonetic Form; PF

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