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There Are No Property Traces
Ethan Poole
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This paper argues that movement cannot map onto traces ranging over properties. The motivation for this claim comes from a detailed investigation of an A'-movement asymmetry in English discovered by Postal (1994), in which a special set of syntactic environments can be targeted by some movement types, but not others. I argue that DPs in these environments denote properties and thus force movement targeting them to reconstruct. Some movement types cannot reconstruct and therefore cannot target these environments. The obligatoriness of reconstruction in these environments shows that movement cannot map onto a property trace.

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Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Wm. G. Bennett, Lindsay Hracs, and Dennis Ryan Storoshenko
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