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As already in other questions you had, I would recommend you just having a look at the definition again: X c-commands Y if X's sister either a) is Y or b) contains Y. This means that nodes can only c-command their sisters and "nieces" (i.e. the daughters of their sisters, and daughters af these nieces and so on), NEVER their own daughters or "...


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Successive cyclic wh-movement is motivated by theoretical principles of minimal computation, as well as empirical data. There's nothing inherently wrong with the 'one fell swoop' analysis, but cyclic wh-movement is preferable. Minimal computation: At any point in the derivation, the range of visible syntactic objects available for computations (e.g. ...


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I will go on to mention Gazdar's theory of RNR constructions in Unbounded Dependencies and Coordinate Structure, since this is the only account I know of that is in some sense a solution. Gazdar shows how to construct a phrase structure grammar which generates the RNR constructions with rules that will be required in any case for other constructions. For ...


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Your example is an RNR construction (short for "right node raising", which was Paul Postal's term). There is a good Wikipedia article on it, and a good discussion in The Syntactic Phenomena of English by James McCawley, who argues for a structure similar to yours, in that it requires unusual tree structures. Is there another "solution"? That really ...


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Some technicalities have been cruelly sacrificed for the sake of a partly-okay answer. From Chomsky & Lasnik (1993): Principles and Parameters theory is not a precisely articulated theoretical system, but rather a particular approach to classical problems of the stdy of language, guided by certain leading ideas that had been taking shape since the ...


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Well, I was just looking for information about this and I could't found any example of a tree diagrama that explain coordinated sentences. I thought something similar (the same) to what shows the OP. SC: o1 + C' C':C + o2 So, I think this is possible because the words that regulate case take the same position than C. These words are the verbs and the ...


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I believe that Principles and Parameters theory is not necessarily the manner in which "our" language is constructed. Rather, it is a convenient and elegant way with which to observe cross-linguistic differences and deal with certain issues brought on by interference in the acquisition of a second language. Based on Chomsky's Universal Grammar, parameters ...


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