Conservative Shape Conservation

Oystein Nilsen

Several syntactic phenomena have recently been subsumed under the heading of "shape conservation" (Williams 2003). Examples include bracketing paradoxes (Williams) argument shift respecting Holmberg's Generalization (Fox and Pesetsky 2003), sequences of remnant movements which preserve linear order (Mueller 2002) and elipsis (Fox and Pesetsky). It is generally thought that shape conservation requires extra stipulation and machinery to ensure that operations (movements) mapping a phrase marker to another phrase marker must, in some sense preserve shape (linear order). The course will pursue the idea that all (most) of these phenomena can be thought of in terms of pied-piping, which is independently needed, and so this provides a parsimonious alternative to existing approaches to shape conservation.