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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2001, Vol. 32, No. 3, Pages 371-403
(doi: 10.1162/002438901750372504)
© 2001 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Resumption, Movement, and Derivational Economy
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This article investigates the interaction between resumption and movement. Lebanese Arabic distinguishes between true resumption, where a pronoun or an epithet phrase is related to an Ā-antecedent via Bind, and apparent resumption, where the pronoun or the epithet phrase is related to its Ā-antecedent via Move. Only apparent resumption displays reconstruction effects for scope and binding. As resumptives, strong pronouns and epithet phrases cannot be related to a quantificational antecedent unless they occur inside islands. We account for this Obviation Requirement as follows: (a) (true) resumption is a last resort device, (b) strong pronouns and epithet phrases in apparent resumption contexts are generated as appositive modifiers of a DP, which is fronted to an Ā-position, and (c) appositive modifiers are interpreted as independent clauses. Obviation is reduced to the inability of quantifiers to bind a pronominal element across sentential boundaries.