Antireconstruction as layering
Gary Thoms
May 2019

This paper provides a unified explanation for a number of cases where noncanonical agreement seems to bleed A-reconstruction, focussing on British English group noun DPs (Sauerland and Elbourne 2002) and Hindi ergative subjects (Nevins and Anand 2003). Adapting proposals from Johnson (2012, 2016), I propose that antireconstruction comes about when a moving XP is not completely built when it is merged into its thematic position, but rather it is constructed on its way from that position to the derived one by means of external remerge/sideward movement. This results in different hierarchical structures for reconstruction vs. antireconstruction structures, and I show that this allows us to explain the interaction with agreement: layering derivations involve sideward merging material which would normally intervene for agreement, thus simultaneously allowing noncanonical agreement and fixing wide scope.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004619
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Published in: Proceedings of NELS 49, Cornell
keywords: antireconstruction, reconstruction, agreement, external remerge, intervention, sideward movement, syntax
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