- 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 discusses head dependencies. It begins by recapitulating the essentials of the analysis of head movement as it was largely agreed on in mainstream syntactic theory by the late 1980s. This approach was in essence unaltered in the earlier versions of minimalism. Section 9.3 considers the reasons that led Chomsky to suggest excluding head movement from the core operations of the narrow syntax. Section 9.4 reviews the various alternatives to the earlier conception of narrow-syntactic head movement that have been put forward: phonetic form movement, remnant phrasal-category movement, and ‘reprojective movement’, focusing on a case study of each alternative. Finally, Section 9.5 considers the conceptual status of head movement in relation to the general goals of the minimalist program.
Ian Roberts is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge and a Professorial Fellow at Downing College. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Academia Europaea. His main research interest is in comparative and diachronic syntax in the context of Chomsky's minimalist program for linguistic theory.
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