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Tough‐Movement Developmental Delay: Another Effect of Phasal Computation

Ken Wexler

in Rich Languages From Poor Inputs

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199590339
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590339.003.0010
Tough‐Movement Developmental Delay: Another Effect of Phasal Computation

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This chapter analyzes the slow development of tough-movement (TM) construction and proposes the Universal Phase Requirement (UPR) as a partial explanation for this. TM constructions are so slow to develop because UPR does not allow the necessary derivation. The developmental facts (delay till age nine or so) of TM and its derivation from UPR provide further empirical support for the phasal analysis of TM and for phase theory in syntax more generally.

Keywords: syntax; language acquisition; Universal Phase Requirement; phasal analysis; tough-movement construction; phase theory

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Subjects: Linguistics

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