Deconstructing Merge and Move to Make Room for Adjunction

Tim Hunter

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This paper explores the syntactic and semantic properties of movement and adjunction and proposes a new analysis of these two phenomena according to which they are closely related to each other. The basic pieces of grammatical machinery that carry out movement also carry out adjunction. Building on independently appealing ideas concerning neo-Davidsonian semantic composition and "move as re-merge," the proposed framework naturally accounts for (i) adjuncts' puzzling status "either inside or outside" a maximal projection, (ii) adjuncts' ability to escape reconstruction, and (iii) the prohibition on extraction from adjuncts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-319
Number of pages54
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


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