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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2017, Vol. 48, No. 3, Pages 529-541
(doi: 10.1162/ling_a_00253)
© 2017 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Clause-Bounded Movement: Stylistic Fronting and Phase Theory
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In this squib, we provide novel empirical support for treating the thematic domain—the vP—as a locality domain like CP (a phase), in agreement with a growing body of research (see Fox 1999, Barbiers 2002, Legate 2003, Rackowski and Richards 2005, Cozier 2006, Kahnemuyipour and Megerdoomian 2011, Buell 2012, Van Urk and Richards 2015; see Den Dikken 2006 for an opposing view). We show how vP phasehood solves a previously unsolved problem for defining the locality of Icelandic Stylistic Fronting. We present novel data to show that Stylistic Fronting of verbs and particles can only cross one phase boundary, a generalization that is empirically superior to clause-boundedness. Our study supports the view that v defines a phase edge whether the verb is linked to an external argument or not (Legate 2003, Marantz 2007).