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Multiattachment syntax, “Movement” effects, and Spell-Out

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Abstract

This paper addresses a set of puzzles associated with Spell-Out. Of primary concern is the pronunciation and interpretation of hypothetical intermediate copies of moved constituents. I show that LF <i>wh</i>-movement never exhibits any intermediate effects and argue that intermediate effects are best accommodated by rejecting successive cyclic movement in favor of a &#8220;one fell swoop&#8221; feature-driven approach. I regard &#8220;movement&#8221; as feature-driven multiattachment, rather than re-merge of actual copies. This relation is unbounded in the syntax; <i>wh</i>-movement intermediate effects arise through the attempt to form a chain for Spell-Out purposes. Since these can only involve C (there being no intermediate SpecCPs), all such effects are head effects.

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