Irreversible Binding in Dutch

  • Marianne Huijsmans University of Victoria
Keywords: Dutch, syntax, binding, phases, scrambling


In a model of syntax where the derivation proceeds in phases, LF accesses the derivation each time a phase is completed; specifically, LF accesses the domain of the completed phase. I propose (following McGinnis 2009) that binding relationships are established irreversibly when LF accesses the derivation. This correctly predicts the interactions between moving and binding found in Dutch double-object constructions. In contrast, earlier analyses that evaluate a binding dependency based on the relationship between a moved argument and its trace are less successful in predicting the Dutch data.

Author Biography

Marianne Huijsmans, University of Victoria
MA candidate