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date: 01 June 2020

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This article discusses a new area of research within locality (and minimalism) – that of anti-locality – which deals with the minimal distance that dependencies must span to be licit. It first positions the idea of ‘anti-locality’ with respect to both the current understanding of the notion and its roots in generative theorizing. This eventually leads to an exposition of the Anti-Locality Hypothesis in the context of a structural tripartition through Prolific Domains, and, subsequently, to the notion of Copy Spell-Out as a ‘repair strategy’ to void an anti-locality violation that would arise otherwise. This is finally related to the conceptual underpinnings of Prolific Domains, and a specific explanation of the Anti-Locality Hypothesis stemming from interface conditions on the derivation and the computational system at large.

Keywords: dependencies, minimalism, Anti-Locality Hypothesis, structural tripartition, Prolific Domains, Copy Spell-Out

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