Head Movement: PF or LF?

There are formal reasons to conclude, particularly within Bare Phrase Structure, that the head-movement operation is neither traditional head-adjunction nor head-substitution. It has been suggested that head-movement lacks LF effects entirely. This course will review recent-ish literature on head-movement, looking at the arguments for and against LF effects of the head-movement operation.

Tentative Schedule (too ambitious):

Monday 12th: Questions about head-movement, syntax and morpheme order

  • Matushansky 2006 Head-movement in linguistic theory. Linguistic Inquiry 37.1.
  • Harley 2004: Merge, conflation and head-movement: The First Sister Principle revisited
  • Preminger 2016: Section 7.5 of What the PCC tells us about ‘abstract’ agreement, head movement and locality
  • Tuesday 13: Ways of getting morphemes together; head-movement as relabelling, against head-movement as remnant movement

Harley 2013 Getting morphemes in order: Merger, affixation and head-movement

  • Levin, Ted and Omer Preminger 2017. M-merger as relabelling (poster)
  • Zeller, Jochen. 2013. In defense of head-movement.

Wednesday 14: Against LF effects of head-movement: Verb identity effects post-movement

  • Schoorlemmer, Erik and Tanja Temmerman 2012: Head-movement as  PF phenomenon: Evidence from Identity under Ellipsis
  • LaCara, Nicholas 2016. Verb phrase movement as a window in to head movement

Thursday 15:  LF effects of head-movement: MaxElide

  • Hartman, Jeremy. 2011. The semantic uniformity of traces: Evidence from Ellipsis
  • Gribanova, Vera. 2016. MaxElide, NPIs and Ellipsis in Russian

Friday 16:  LF effects of head-movement: Scope retraction and expansion

  • Keine and Bhatt 2016: Interpreting Verb Clusters
  • Han, Musolino and Lidz, 2007 & 2016 on verb-movement and grammar competition in Korean
  • Lechner 2007: Interpretive effects of head-movement

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