Backward Binding and the C-T Phase: A Case of Syntactic Haplology*

Christer Platzack

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Backward Binding and the C-T Phase: A Case of Syntactic Haplology*

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This chapter investigates a surprising difference between V2 languages and other languages, a difference that seems to be a consequence of the distribution of functional projections. Whereas V2 languages do not accept backward binding, this phenomenon is found in non-V2 languages. The reason is that non-V2 languages have an A-bar position within the I(nfl)-domain, called SpecSubjP, that is non-existent in V2-languages, presumably a result of the V2 condition (V-to-C movement). Thus, concepts like CP and TP/IP are still useful even in a cartographic approach.

Keywords: V2 languages; functional projections; backward binding; non-V2 languages; CP; TP; IP

Chapter.  4541 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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