Antilocality and Antiagreement
Nico Baier
January 2017

I examine the relationship between antilocality and antiagreement, focusing on the version of antilocality developed by Erlewine (2016). Erlewine proposes a constraint that rules out A’-movement from a specifier to the next highest specifier in the structure. I show that this constraint cannot derive antiagreement in Berber, which has become a canonical instance of the effect since Ouhalla’s (1993) seminal article. This calls into question whether Spec-to-Spec Antilocality can be extended to a general account of antiagreement. I also show that these observations apply to other antilocality based approaches to antiagreement in the literature (Cheng 2006; Schneider-Zioga 2007). This highlights a general property of theories of antilocality; namely, these theories are fragile, in that they are very sensitive to minor differences in clause structure, both within a single language and crosslinguistically.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003275
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Published in: To appear in Linguistic Inquiry 48:2
keywords: anti-agreement, anti-locality, agreement, a-bar movement, berber, syntax
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