Locality and anti-locality: the logic of conflicting requirements
Kenyon Branan
September 2019

This paper explores interactions between locality requirements like Shortest, and anti-locality. I suggest that certain violations of locality may arise just in cases where anti-locality would otherwise be violated. The empirical focus is on a particular restriction on A-movement processes in Luganda and Haya [Bantu], Tongan [Oceanic], and Japanese. These processes display a peculiar pattern of `non-iterable symmetry'; A-movement in these languages may cross no more than one other argument. The basic explanation of this pattern is that A-movement of a lower element across a higher element of the same sort requires the higher element to be `anti-local' to the landing site; movement of the lower element across the higher is a violation of locality, but is allowed just in such cases to avoid a violation of anti-locality. On the definition of anti-locality adopted in this paper, only one element can be `anti-local' to a potential landing site, thereby deriving the non-iterability of the pattern.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004796
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keywords: locality, anti-locality, passive, a-movement, bantu, luganda, haya, tongan, japanese, syntax
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