I would like to thank the following people for their valuable comments on earlier versions of this paper: Jonathan Bobaljik, Seth Cable, Jason Merchant, the audience at my seminar on chain pronunciation at MIT, Fall 2003, the audiences at GLOW 27 and IATL 20, and three anonymous reviewers of Syntax. The usual disclaimers apply.
Chain Resolution In Hebrew V(P)-fronting
Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2006
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 32–66, April 2006
How to Cite
Landau, I. (2006), Chain Resolution In Hebrew V(P)-fronting. Syntax, 9: 32–66. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9612.2006.00084.x
- Issue online: 22 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2006
Abstract. The copy theory of movement receives the strongest form of support from instances of movement leaving phonetically visible copies. Such is the case in Hebrew V(P)-fronting, where the fronted verb surfaces as an infinitive, and its “trace” is pronounced as an inflected verbal copy. This paper argues that V-doubling is explained by the same algorithm that determines pronunciation of single copies in canonical chains. The phonetic resolution of chains is PF-internal, strictly local, and need not appeal to cross-interface recoverability constraints. Crosslinguistic variation in predicate clefts largely reflects different morpho-phonological strategies of realizing the fronted predicate head.