Generalized head movement

Karlos Arregi, Asia Pietraszko


We argue for a unified account of head movement and lowering in which lowering is in essence the covert movement counterpart of head movement. This proposal is supported by the existence of successive cyclic lowering (evidenced by relative prefix formation in Ndebele), in which complex heads built by lowering have the Mirror-Principle-obeying structure expected under a head movement derivation. It also predicts that lowering can feed head movement, giving the appearance of long head movement, which we argue is the case in Mainland Scandinavian V2.


head movement; lowering; Mirror Principle; Head Movement Constraint; V2; ellipsis; do-support; relative clauses; vowel coalescence; Ndebele; Danish

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