Locality and the argument/adjunct distinction: Structure-building vs. structure-enrichment

This project investigates issues of selective opacity as they apply to A and A-bar dependencies across adjuncts and complements. We will develop an algorithm of path-based locality which is built on a framework of clausal structure-building (based on feature-checking under sisterhood) and structure-enrichment (involving a principled dependency between feature-checking and feature-valuation) to derive selective opacity effects, and to understand the nature of syntactic locality more broadly.

Thomas McFadden (Leibniz-ZAS, Berlin), Sandhya Sundaresan (Göttingen), Rob Truswell (Edinburgh), Hedde Zeijlstra (Göttingen)