‘Down, Down, Down’: how many layers can there be to Inner Aspect?
Nigel Duffield
May 2018

Appears in Laura Kalin, Ileana Paul and Jozina Vander Klok (guest editors), Francesco Gentile and Jeffrey Lamontagne (editors), Heading in the right direction: Linguistic treats for Lisa Travis. McGill Working Papers in Linguistics 25, 110-122. The Head Movement Constraint (Travis 1984) and the Inner Aspect Hypothesis (Travis 1991, 2010) are two of the most interesting and valuable theoretical constructs in generative syntax. Adopting these ideas has allowed generative researchers to explain, and to predict, systematic alternations in word-order across a diverse range of languages, including Malagasy, Modern Irish, and—my personal favourite since 1994—Vietnamese. That is the good news, and it is of course very good. The bad news, if the conclusions of this article are well-founded, is that these two constructs are mutually incompatible— inside vP, at any rate. There is a choice to be made.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004394
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Published in: McGill Working Papers in Linguistics
keywords: hmc, inner aspect, vietnamese, syntax
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