The Constraints and Consequences of Possessor Extraction in English
Colin Davis
April 2018

I analyze possessor extraction in English, a restricted possibility for some speakers. I argue that the complexities of this corner of English provide evidence for the Cyclic Linearization theory of spellout (Fox & Pesetsky 2005), which restricts PE in English via its interaction with a PF condition on genitive morphology (Gavruseva 2010) that possessor-extracting speakers are able to satisfy at the local phase level. By extension, these results reveal some ways that Cyclic Linearization constrains stranding, as well as the non-phasehood of DP, the non-uniformity of left-branch extractions, and the generation of expletive there in vP.
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keywords: posssessor extraction, linearization, pied-piping, stranding, syntax
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