FOFC and what left-right asymmetries may tell us about syntactic structure building

2022 | journal article; research paper. A publication with affiliation to the University of Göttingen.

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​Zeijlstra, Hedde. "FOFC and what left-right asymmetries may tell us about syntactic structure building​." ​Journal of Linguistics (2022): ​1​-35​. ​https://doi.org/10.1017/S002222672200007X.

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Authors
Zeijlstra, Hedde 
Abstract
In this paper, I demonstrate that a well-known left-right asymmetry, Biberauer, Holmberg and Roberts’s (2014) Final-over-Final Condition (FOFC), which these authors claim follows from Kayne’s Linear Correspondence Axiom (LCA), is actually better explained under a symmetric approach to syntactic structure building in tandem with the mechanism that underlies the constraints on rightward movement. Apart from circumventing the theoretical and empirical problems that this LCA-based analysis faces, the fact that particles form a natural class of counterexamples to FOFC naturally follows under such a symmetric approach. The final part of this paper shows that this explanation to FOFC also straightforwardly applies to the semi-universal leftwardness of (subject) specifiers in both head-final and head-initial languages.
Issue Date
2022
Journal
Journal of Linguistics 
Organization
Seminar für Englische Philologie ; Philosophische Fakultät 
ISSN
0022-2267; 1469-7742
Language
English

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