Branan, Kenyon and Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, 2021.
“Binding reconstruction and the types of traces.”
Presented at LSA 95.
We develop a new theory for the interpretation of movement chains at LF, resulting in different types of “trace” positions. Just as one copy in a DP-movement chain is privileged for the interpretation of its determiner (Sauerland 1998, Fox 2002), we claim that one copy in a DP-movement chain is privileged for the interpretation of its nominal restriction (NP). This choice results in some trace positions behaving as pronouns and others not. We motivate this approach with understudied and new data on binding reconstruction, parasitic gaps, and weak crossover, and their interaction in English.