Symmetric Merge and Local Instability: Evidence from Split Topics

@article{Ott2015SymmetricMA,
  title={Symmetric Merge and Local Instability: Evidence from Split Topics},
  author={D. Ott},
  journal={Syntax},
  year={2015},
  volume={18},
  pages={157-200}
}
  • D. Ott
  • Published 2015
  • Mathematics
  • Syntax
In this paper, I argue against the standard analysis of so-called split topics in German as discontinuous noun phrases (van Riemsdijk 1989). Building in part on Fanselow 1988, I show that the construction rather involves two morphosyntactically autonomous nominal constituents that are predicatively related in underlying form. This predication is syntactically unstable, however. Merge of two XPs within a single argument or adjunct position yields a symmetric structure for which no label (“head… Expand

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