A- and A-bar dependencies and minimalism in movement theories: Scrambling and binding
Ph.D. Dissertation, 1994
In the past several years, the concept of 'economy' in generative grammar
has developed into so-called 'minimalism'. This new approach is eventually
designed to prohibit unnecessary steps and symbols in derivations and
representations, and avoid redundancies in the language faculty. More
recently, there has been an attempt to reduce linguistic representations
to only two interface levels, articulatory-perceptual (Phonetic Form,
henceforth PF) and conceptual-intentional (Logical Form, henceforth LF),
attributing D- and S-structure effects to LF ones (cf. Kitahara (1992),
Watanabe (1992), Chomsky (1993), Lasnik (1993), and Yang, D-W (1993a,
b), among others). The purpose of this dissertation is (i) to examine
the minimalist approach, (ii) to explore it in Korean, and (iii) with
its consequences, to analyze two syntactic phenomena, scrambling and binding.
These works will be implemented, largely based on a reformulation of the
definition of A- and A$/sp/prime$-position with respect to functional
categories and V-raising. Chapter 1 will, thus, introduce some basic theories
and assumptions, discuss their theoretical implications, and examine how
they work in Korean. Armed with these observations, chapter 2 & 3
will discuss scrambling effects and anaphoric binding effects, respectively.
The goal of these two chapters is to offer an alternative analysis by
identifying the landing site of these movement phenomena under the minimalist
approach and/or a slightly different version of it.
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