What is in a trace? Accounting for reconstruction patterns in parasitic gaps
Carlos Muñoz Pérez
November 2018

This paper argues that the internal structure of movement gaps is the result of a natural tension between representational economy and interpretability. That is, the lexico-syntactic form of an unpronounced gap consists of the minimal constituent formed by elements contained in the filler that yields a convergent representation. The proposal is shown to handle a number of (anti)reconstruction phenomena. Particularly, the system allows to account for the puzzling behaviour of parasitic gaps, as they have been observed to display both reconstruction and anti-reconstruction effects in different contexts. The solution may be considered an extension of classic proposals according to which parasitic gaps are a sort of pronoun.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004339
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Published in: Ms, University of Buenos Aires & CONICET
keywords: parasitic gaps, reconstruction, economy, interpretability, chains, syntax
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