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Explaining the locality conditions of QR: Consequences for the theory of phases

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In this paper I offer an explanation for the fact that QR tends to be more local than other types of A-bar movement (i.e., in typical cases, QR cannot take place out of a finite clause). My explanation assumes (and offers evidence for) the Phase Impenetrability Condition (cf. Chomsky 2001a, b) and an Economy Condition that requires that each step of (possibly successive cyclic) QR be motivated (cf. Fox 1999). After showing why QR is local in typical cases, I consider new evidence, involving a counterpart of ACD in Italian, which indicates that QR takes place long distance, as other types of A-bar movement do, whenever each step is independently motivated. It follows that it can be maintained that the locality conditions on QR are not construction specific, as expected given the general format of the theory.

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Cecchetto, C. Explaining the locality conditions of QR: Consequences for the theory of phases. Natural Language Semantics 12, 345–397 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11050-004-1189-x

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  • Locality Condition
  • Economy Condition
  • Typical Case
  • Finite Clause
  • Impenetrability Condition