Crossing and Stranding at Edges
Colin Davis
July 2019

This paper investigates the distribution of stranding in intermediate positions under A-bar movement, which I show obeys a cross-linguistically robust word order generalization: leftward movement of a phrase alpha can only intermediately strand an element beta if beta is (or can be) ordered rightward of alpha before stranding occurs. I argue that this generalization emerges naturally from the Cyclic Linearization theory of spellout (Fox & Pesetsky, 2005a,b, a.o.), and its interaction with independently supported constraints on movement in syntax. I go on to consider some reasons why a particular position may or may not be a viable location for stranded material.
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keywords: cyclic linearization, pied-piping, stranding, phases, syntax
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