The van Riemsdijk Williams Paradox: in the Footsteps of de Fourier
Dominique Sportiche
May 2011

General idea: The juxtaposition of two principles, the principle of Full Interpretation (FI) and the No Tampering Condition (NTC) lead to various interpretive puzzles one of the most famous case is the van Riemsdijk/Williams paradox: the different behavior of A-mvt and A-bar mvt with respect to Condition C.

a. * Which of [Zénon de Fourier]-k 's ideas did he-k give up t
b. Two of [Zénon de Fourier]-k 's ideas seemed to him-k to be t on the right track

To deal with this problem, I propose a phase based (= cyclic) spell out model viewing FI as an interface condition (thus satisfied at spellout) and show how it can be generalized to all sorts of cases involving interpretive displacement such as lowering for scope of A-bar movement, or of A-movement (e.g. radical reconstruction).

I will also discuss why the break occurs between A and A-bar movement and how the different properties of A and A-bar movement with respect to Binding Theory can be derived: I define the A/A-bar difference in terms of movement span, not landing position and I propose to reduce Binding locality for anaphors to Phase Theory (which requires an update of one the anaphor/exempt anaphor distinction).

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Reference: lingbuzz/001272
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Published in: These are slides of a talk given at the Parallel Worshop at USC in memory of Jean Roger Vergnaud.
keywords: reconstruction, a-movement, a-bar movement, binding theory, binding domains, phase, spell out domain, syntax
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