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Optionality

Shigeru Miyagawa

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199549368
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199549368.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Optionality

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This article analyzes instances of optional movement and how optionality can be motivated in a minimalist context. The discussion involves the notion of interpretation and the systems external to narrow syntax that further manipulate linguistic expressions. It takes up quantifier raising and scrambling, which appear to be quintessential optional operations. The discussion adheres to the idea that they are optional movement, and shows that by the application of Fox's economy condition on optional interpretation, we can predict which optional operations are well formed and which are not.

Keywords: optional movement; minimalism; interpretation; narrow syntax; linguistic expression; quantifier raising; scrambling

Article.  9575 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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