Agreement and Head Movement: Clitics, Incorporation, and Defective Goals
In Agreement and Head Movement, Ian Roberts explores theconsequences of Chomsky's conjecture that head-movement is not part of the narrow syntax, thecomputational system that relates the lexicon to the interfaces. Unlike other treatments of thesubject that discard the concept entirely, Roberts's monograph retains the core intuition behindhead-movement and examines to what extent it can be reformulated and rethought. Roberts argues thatthe current conception of syntax must accommodate a species of head-movement, although thisoperation differs somewhat in technical detail and in empirical coverage from earlier understandingsof it. He proposes that head-movement is part of the narrow syntax and that it applies where thegoal of an Agree relation is defective, in a sense that he defines.
Roberts arguesthat the theoretical status of head-movement is very similar -- in fact identical in various ways --to that of XP-movement. Thus head-movement, like XP-movement, should be regarded as part of narrowsyntax exactly to the extent that XP-movement should be. If one aspect of minimalist theorizing isto eliminate unnecessary distinctions, then Roberts's argument can be seen as eliminating thedistinction between "heads" and "phrases" in relation to internal merge (and therefore reducing thedistinctions currently made between internal and external merge).
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