Coppe van Urk · [SyntaxTalk] On the syntax of long-distance extraction: Phi-agreement and A’-movement in Dinka
In this talk, I examine the syntax of long-distance movement in Dinka (Nilotic; South Sudan), a language in which A’-movement triggers a number of morphosyntactic changes in the left periphery of the clause. I first show that these facts provide multiple sources of evidence for successive-cyclic derivations, with stop-off sites both at the edge of each vP/VP and of each CP (Chomsky 1986 et seq.). I then argue that Dinka offers insight into how these intermediate steps are triggered. In particular, in Dinka, intermediate movement behaves identically to regular movement in how it affects the edge of each domain, providing evidence against approaches in which intermediate movement is triggered in a special fashion (e.g. Heck and Müller 2000, 2003; Chomsky 2000; Georgi 2013). I propose instead that both terminal movement and intermediate movement are feature-driven (Chomsky 1995; McCloskey 2002; Abels 2012).