West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL) (38th : 2020)

Verb doubling and Cyclic Linearization Lee, Tommy Tsz-Ming


This talk proposes that verb doubling is a consequence of the interaction between Cyclic Linearization (Fox and Pesetsky 2005, where syntactic structure is linearized cyclically) and Chain Reduction (CR, Nunes 1995, 2004). Substantially, I propose CR is constrained by Linearization Preservation such that CR is suspended as a last resort if it violates Linearization Preservation. The proposal explains the asymmetries between verbs and objects with regards to doubling possibilities in Cantonese

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