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Pair-Merge and Feature-Valuation via Minimal Search: Evidence from Icelandic
Masashi Nomura
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This paper provides a minimal search based approach to Case and agreement under the recent framework by Chomsky (2015). I argue that pair-Merge cancels the phase-head status of v* when v* selects a bridge verb and develop an analysis in which internal pair-Merge of R to v* can take place prior to Inheritance of features from v* to R. Without postulating the notion of "weak phase," the proposed analysis captures the effects of "weak phase" and explains the long-standing problematic intervention paradigms in Icelandic.

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Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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