Arregi & Pietraszko (2020)

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  • Arregi, Karlos & Asia Pietraszko. 2020. 'Unifying Long Head Movement with Phrasal Movement: A New Argument from Spellout', WCCFL 38, texte.

 Abstract (on Lingbuzz):
 "Based on V-fronting in Breton, we present a new argument for unifying Long Head Movement (LHM) with phrasal movement as the same operation (Move or Internal Merge). The argument comes from the spellout of movement chains: V-fronting in Breton (an instance of LHM) exhibits the same three spellout options as VP-fronting crosslinguiatically: i) deletion of the clause-internal copy, ii) clause-internal do-support and iii) verb doubling. Although this parallel supports the unification of LHM and phrasal movement, we argue that it does not support conflating head and phrasal movement more generally. Instead, the spellout evidence tells us that, while LHM and phrasal movement are the same operation, traditional local head movement is a different operation. This in turn means that local head movement and LHM must be distinct operations, as proposed in Hein 2018, Harizanov & Gribanova 2019, and Arregi & Pietraszko, to appear."
 * Hein, Johannes. 2018. Verbal fronting: Typology and theory, Ph.D. thesis, Leipzig University.
 * Harizanov, Boris & Vera Gribanova. 2019. 'Whither head movement?', Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 37, 461–522.
 * Arregi, Karlos & Asia Pietraszko (to appear). 'The ups and downs of head displacement', Linguistic Inquiry.