A-bar Syntax: A Study in Movement Types by Gereon Müller

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To whom ]¿ did you regret [cp t· that you could not speak t¿ ] ? b. *HoWj did you regret [cp t· that you behaved t¿ ] ? The initial traces t t in (9-ab) are properly governed, as we have seen. But now suppose that complements of non-bridge predicates are barriers (this 22 Proper government and subjacency will be derived below). Then, the intermediate traces t- in (9-ab) are not properly governed - they axe neither θ-governed nor antecedent-governed. This already implies that both (9-a) and (9-b) involve a Subjacency violation at S-structure, given the definition in (5), which assimilates Subjacency to antecedent-government.

First, we must ensure that C is always non-distinct from the next higher head (which we may assume to be the embedding V for the time being, but see below). This follows given (a) that (abstract or overt) C incorporation is not an option, at least not in the languages currently under discussion, which exhibit the island effect (cf. Baker (1988) for discussion of this issue); and (b) that the head which embeds CP is never phonologically and semantically empty. The second assumption we have to make is that intermediate adjunction to CP in the course of longdistance w/i^movement is barred, just as intermediate adjunction to an IP barrier is barred (as argued in the previous section).

Since subject traces are also not θ-governed, t¿ in (8-a) receives the feature [-7] at Sstructure. Given that 7-marking may never apply to a 7-marked trace, (8-a) violates the ECP (7) at LF. Similarly, the initial adjunct trace t¿ in (8-b) is not properly governed at S-structure. But adjunct traces, by assumption, are 7-marked only at LF. On the way to LF, however, the complementizer that, being semantically empty, is deleted, so that antecedent-government of t¿ by the intermediate trace t· can apply.

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