Binding reconstruction and two modes of copy-chain interpretation

Kenyon Branan, Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine


We present a theory for the interpretation of Ā-movement chains at LF in the copy theory of movement where the NP restrictor of a DP Ā-movement chain is interpreted in only one copy. Such a view is motivated for English by evidence from reflexive binding, building on observations in Barss 1986, and its interaction with parasitic gap licensing and weak crossover effects. Our approach offers a means for understanding the classification of Ā-movement types in Cinque 1990 and Postal 1994 in copy-theoretic terms.


copy theory of movement; reconstruction; reflexive binding; Binding Condition A; parasitic gaps; weak crossover

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