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University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics

Abstract

This paper argues that the distribution of headless vP/VP-movement is constrained by Cyclic Linearization (Fox & Pesetsky 2005). It is shown that headless vP/VP-movement in VO languages leads to a linearization failure, while headless vP/ VP-movement in OV languages does not. It is also argued that VO languages allow headless vP/VP-movement if a linearization failure can be avoided through a repair strategy of verb-doubling.

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