Extending the Extension Condition to Discontinuous Idioms
Peter Svenonius
September 2005

This paper make a specific proposal regarding the structure of idioms as they are listed in the lexicon, which has important ramifications. Specifically, I suggest that first Merge as well as internal Merge can target subconstituents of structures already built by Merge. This creates structures which I call Banyan trees, in which there is more than one undominated node. I suggest that this model, together with certain assumptions about phases and about the functional sequence of syntactic heads derive important facts about the structure of idioms.
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Reference: lingbuzz/000191
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Published in: Linguistic Variation Yearbook 5: 227-263
keywords: idioms, merge, phrase structure, banyan tree, discontinuous constituents, syntax
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