Deriving Coordinate Symmetries: A phase-based approach integrating Select, Merge, Copy and Match
This monograph proposes a minimalist, phase-based approach to the derivation of coordinate structures, utilizing the operations Copy and Match to account for both the symmetries and asymmetries of coordination. Data are drawn primarily from English, German and Dutch. The basic assumptions are that all coordinate structures are symmetric to some degree (in contrast to parasitic gap and many verb phrase ellipsis constructions), and these symmetries, especially with ellipsis, allow syntactic derivations to utilize Copy and Match in interface with active memory for economizing with gaps and assuring clarity of interpretation. With derivations operating at the feature level, troublesome properties of coordinate structures such as cross-categorial and non-constituent coordination, violations of the Coordinate Structure Constraint, as well as coordinate ellipsis (Gapping, RNR, Left-Edge Ellipsis) are accounted for without separate mechanisms or conditions applicable only to coordinate structures. The proposal provides support for central assumptions about the structure of West Germanic.
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adverbial agreement analysis anaphor antecedent argue assume assumption c-command Chapter Chomsky clitics complement conﬁguration conﬂicts conjoined DPs contrast coordinate ellipsis coordinate structures coordinate symmetry coordinating conjunction Copy and Match dative deﬁned deletion den Park derivation by phase domain element elliptical coordinate English feature checking feature matching ﬁnd ﬁnite verb ﬁrst conjunct focus accent formal features German grammar Hartmann Herrn Hund indicated interface interpretation Iohannessen languages left-edge gaps lexical array lexical items licensing linear Mary matching in LF Merge minimalist morphological narrow syntax object occurs operation parallel parasitic gap Paul Peter phonetic features phrase structure position projection pronoun proposal prosodic feature prosody realized recovery redundancy relation RNR constructions scope second conjunct selected semantic features Spec-head Spec,CP speciﬁcally Spell-Out subarray subject gap subject-initial subordinate subordinating conjunction syntactic and semantic target tense the-ACC theory tion TOPp und-pair ungrammatical V2 clause VP phase