Barbara Citko

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199549368
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics



This article examines the status of multidominance in minimalist syntax. It addresses the following questions: How are multidominant structures generated? How are they linearized? What empirical insights do they offer? The article is organized as follows. Section 6.2 introduces a mechanism to generate such structures, relying on minimalist assumptions about Merge and Move. Section 6.3 turns to empirical support for multidominance, surveying a number of unrelated constructions that naturally lend themselves to a multidominant analysis. Section 6.4 considers the issue of linearization, focusing on how different accounts handle it, and pointing out the similarities and differences between them. Section 6.5 offers a brief conclusion and suggests directions for future research.

Keywords: minimalist syntax; multidominant structures; merge; move; linearization

Article.  7481 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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