- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism
- The Contributors
- List of Abbreviations and Symbols
- Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar
- Features in Minimalist Syntax
- Merge and Bare Phrase Structure
- Structure and Order: Asymmetric Merge
- The Copy Theory
- A-Bar Dependencies
- Head Movement and the Minimalist Program
- Derivational Cycles
- Anti-Locality: Too-Close Relations in Grammar
- No Derivation Without Representation
- Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations
- Syntax and Interpretation Systems: How is Their Labour Divided?
- Minimalist Construal: Two Approaches to A and B
- A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure
- Minimalist Semantics
- Minimal Semantic Instructions
- Language and Thought
- Minimalism and Language Acquisition
- A Minimalist Program for Phonology
- Minimizing Language Evolution: The Minimalist Program and The Evolutionary Shaping of Language
- Computational Perspectives on Minimalism
Abstract and Keywords
This article reviews the general features of the Copy Theory of movement, focusing on some empirical gains prompted by its adoption in the Minimalist Program. It is organized as follows. Section 7.2 presents Chomsky's original conceptual arguments for reinterpreting traces as copies. Section 7.3 discusses some of the questions that the Copy Theory poses to the syntax-phonetic form mapping and presents Nunes' approach to phonetic realization of copies in terms of linearization and economy computations. Section 7.4 provides an overview of the kinds of empirical material that may receive a natural account within the Copy Theory but remain rather mysterious within the Trace Theory. Section 7.5 discusses how the Copy Theory makes different predictions for the current debate on how to analyse obligatory control within minimalism. Some concluding remarks are presented in Section 7.6.
Jairo Nunes is Professor of Linguistics at the Universidade de São Paulo. He is the author of Linearization of Chains and Sideward Movement (MIT Press, 2004), co-author of Understanding Minimalism (CUP, 2005) and (with C. Boeckx and N. Hornstein) Control as Movement (CUP, 2010), and co-editor of The Copy Theory of Movement (Benjamins, 2007) and Minimalist Essays on Brazilian Portuguese Syntax (Benjamins, 2009). He is also co-editor of Probus: International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter).
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