This book investigates the concept of phase, aiming at a structural definition
of the three domains that are assumed as the syntactic loci for interface
interpretation, namely VP, CP and DP.
In particular, three basic issues are addressed, that represent major
questions of syntactic research within the Minimalist Program in the last
decade. A) How is the set of minimally necessary syntactic operations to be
characterised (including questions about the exact nature of copy and
merge, the status of remnant movement, the role of head movement in the
grammar), B) How is the set of minimally necessary functional heads to be
characterised that determine the built-up and the interpretation of syntactic
objects and C) How do these syntactic operations and objects interact with
principles and requirements that are thought to hold at the two interfaces.
The concept of phase has also implications for the research on the
functional make-up of syntactic objects, implying that functional projections
not only apply in a (universally given) hierarchy but split up in various phases
pertaining to the head they are related to.
This volume provides major contributions to this ongoing discussion,
investigating these issues in a variety of languages (Berber, Dutch, English,
German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian and West Flemish) and
combining the analysis of empirical data with the theoretical insights of the