The bound possessor effect: a new argument for the phasehood of definite DPs
Nick Huang
May 2018

Grano & Lasnik (to appear) show that clausebound restrictions are obviated for a number of phenomena (e.g. gapping), when the subject of the embedded clause is a bound pronoun. They give a novel phase-based account for this “bound pronoun subject effect” (cf. Barros & Frank 2017), proposing that the bound pronoun “neutralizes” the phasehood of the finite CP containing it. In this paper, I present a new argument that definite DPs are phases: definite DPs show an analogous “bound possessor effect.” I account for the effect by adapting Grano & Lasnik’s proposal. This paper thus provides support for Grano & Lasnik’s general approach (and Barros & Frank’s), while affirming an older idea that nominals delimit locality domains (e.g. Chomsky 1973).
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Reference: lingbuzz/004015
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Published in: Proceedings of NELS 48
keywords: phases, dp, bound pronouns, bound possessors, gapping, wh-movement, convergence, syntax
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