Universal 20 without the LCA
Klaus Abels, Ad Neeleman
September 2007

In this paper we argue that Cinque's (2005) result concerning the noun phrase internal order of demonstrative, numeral, adjective, and noun can be derived without appeal to Kayne's (1994) Linear Correspondence Axiom. We claim that a theory which allows branching to the left and to the right but restricts (at least certain kinds of) movement to the left has a better chance of explaining universal word-order asymmetries than LCA-based theories, because these necessarily invoke movement in an unconstrained way. We suggest a parsing account of the ban against movement to the right.
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Published in: Abels & Neeleman (2012): Linear Asymmetries and the LCA. Syntax 15:1, 25-74.
keywords: noun phrase, parsing, linear order, determiner phrase, typology, antisymmetry, syntax
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