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Author Müller, Gereon
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword German Relative Clause ♦ Resumption Construction ♦ Movement Theory ♦ Later Stage ♦ Resumptive Pronoun ♦ Syntactic Analysis ♦ Specific Solution ♦ Minimal Piece ♦ Last Resort Problem ♦ Relativization Construction ♦ Moved Item ♦ Local Derivational ♦ Base Position ♦ Syn-tactic Information ♦ Empty Operator
Abstract In a local derivational (phase-based) approach to syntax, instances of resumption in German (long-distance) relativization constructions with an empty operator and a complementizer wo (‘where’) must be analyzed in terms of movement. Against this background, these constructions raise three problems for syntactic analysis: (i) a locality (backtracking) problem (‘How can the information that a resumptive pronoun occupies the base position be made accessible on the moved item at later stages of the derivation, where it is required?’); (ii) a problem for movement theory (‘How can movement in these resumption constructions circumvent an island?’); and (iii) a last resort problem (‘Why does movement in these resumption constructions have to cross an island?). I will propose a specific solution to problem (i) in terms of buffers that temporarily store minimal pieces of syn-tactic information; this approach will then be shown to automatically cover problems (ii) and (iii) as well.
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