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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Backward Binding and the C-T Phase: A Case of Syntactic Haplology *

Backward Binding and the C-T Phase: A Case of Syntactic Haplology *

(p.197) Backward Binding and the C-T Phase: A Case of Syntactic Haplology*
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Christer Platzack

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates a surprising difference between V2 languages and other languages, a difference that seems to be a consequence of the distribution of functional projections. Whereas V2 languages do not accept backward binding, this phenomenon is found in non-V2 languages. The reason is that non-V2 languages have an A-bar position within the I(nfl)-domain, called SpecSubjP, that is non-existent in V2-languages, presumably a result of the V2 condition (V-to-C movement). Thus, concepts like CP and TP/IP are still useful even in a cartographic approach.

Keywords:   V2 languages, functional projections, backward binding, non-V2 languages, CP, TP, IP

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