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Remark: Putting Phases in Perspective

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We offer here some remarks on the concept of phases, as formulated in recent developments on minimalist theorizing. Our main objective is to express our feeling that, in their present definitions, phases are poorly understood. We argue that the major properties of phases can be viewed as reincarnations of explanations in terms of islands (or bounding nodes and successive cyclicity, respectively). The present remarks are intended as productive stimulation to home in on a better conceptualization of the notion “phase” and what issues might arise under current theoretical considerations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Cedric BoeckxHarvard UniversityDepartment of Linguistics310 Boylston HallCambridge, MA 02138USA, Email: [email protected] 2: Kleanthes K. GrohmannUniversity of CyprusDepartment of English Studies75 Kallipoleos, P.O. Box 205371678 NicosiaCyprus, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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