Kleanthes K. Grohmann

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics


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This article discusses a new area of research within locality (and minimalism) – that of anti-locality – which deals with the minimal distance that dependencies must span to be licit. It first positions the idea of ‘anti-locality’ with respect to both the current understanding of the notion and its roots in generative theorizing. This eventually leads to an exposition of the Anti-Locality Hypothesis in the context of a structural tripartition through Prolific Domains, and, subsequently, to the notion of Copy Spell-Out as a ‘repair strategy’ to void an anti-locality violation that would arise otherwise. This is finally related to the conceptual underpinnings of Prolific Domains, and a specific explanation of the Anti-Locality Hypothesis stemming from interface conditions on the derivation and the computational system at large.

Keywords: dependencies; minimalism; Anti-Locality Hypothesis; structural tripartition; Prolific Domains; Copy Spell-Out

Article.  14346 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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