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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2009, Vol. 40, No. 3, Pages 387-426
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2009.40.3.387)
© 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wholesale Late Merger: Beyond the A/Ā Distinction
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In this article, we develop a substantially expanded theory of late merger. Adopting related insights by Fox (2002), we argue that late merger is permitted whenever an output representation can be interpreted in the semantic component. A consequence of our approach is that late merger is available not only for the well-known case of adjuncts, but also for restrictors of determiners (wholesale late merger). We demonstrate that this theory can explain the different reconstruction possibilities of A-movement and Ā-movement, as well as various otherwise puzzling facts about movement and ellipsis, while still maintaining the copy theory of movement.