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Circumstantial Evidence for Syntactic Head Movement
Bartosz Wiland
440-448 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Recently, a number of analyses have advanced a thesis that syntactic heads are immobile and that head movement does not exist in grammar. Such approaches take dislocation of the head X0 to be an instance of a remnant movement of the XP-constituent, preceded by vacating movements of other members of the XP. Detrimental to the claim that head movement does not exist is a scenario in which a dislocation of X0 is followed by a remnant movement of the XP-constituent. This paper argues that such a derivational scenario is attested in Polish, where V0-movement precedes the fronting of the headless VP. Such an analysis explains the interaction between scrambling and repetitive vs. restitutive reading of again in a straightforward way.

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Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Natasha Abner and Jason Bishop
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