University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics


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.