Wholesale Late Merger in A'-movement: evidence from preposition stranding
Juliet Stanton
March 2015

To account for several asymmetries between A- and A'-movement, Takahashi & Hulsey (2009) generalize the late merge option (Lebeaux 1988, Chomsky 1995) as Wholesale Late Merger (WLM). In particular, allowing NP to merge with a head D as late as (but no later than) its case position explains why A'- but not A-movement displays Principle C reconstruction effects. This paper claims that WLM is also responsible for pervasive asymmetries within the class of A'-extractions. The evidence comes from restrictions on English preposition stranding. I document a correlation between a preposition's complementation properties and its ability to be stranded: prepositions that disallow pronominal complements can only be stranded by a subset of A'-extractions. I argue that the extractions allowing pronoun-rejecting prepositions to be stranded disallow WLM, while those that disallow the stranding allow (and require) WLM.
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Published in: Linguistic Inquiry 47.1: 89-126. (http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/LING_a_00205)
keywords: wholesale late merger, preposition stranding, a-bar movement, syntax
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