The Coordinate Structure Constraint: not a constraint on movement
Dominique Sportiche
April 2024

Version 5: Minor corrections made to version 4. The Coordinate Structure Constraint (CSC) is typically taken to be a constraint on movement and is used as a movement diagnostic. This note mostly merely recapitulates existing work, Ruys (1993), Fox (2000), Lin (2001), Lin (2002), Johnson (2009), adding some controls. These works demonstrate that both A and A-bar movement can systematically violate the CSC under the right conditions and suggest instead that the CSC should be viewed as a constraint on interpretation. This allows movement to violate the CSC, as long as the output (at LF) is interpretively well formed. It next briefly discusses some consequences regarding binding, control theory, and clitic doubling.
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keywords: syntax, semantics, constraints, movement, islands, island, coordinate structure constraint
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