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Linguistic Inquiry

Summer 2009, Vol. 40, No. 3, Pages 427-445
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2009.40.3.427)
© 2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Algonquian Languages Have A-Movement and A-Agreement
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Ritter and Rosen (2005) claim that Algonquian languages lack A-movement and A-binding, and they theorize that all agreement in Algonquian is agreement with Ā-positions. I show that this proposal cannot be maintained, given facts of quantifier scope in Passamaquoddy. These facts require recognizing a step of A-movement to a derived A-position, comparable to Spec,TP in languages like English. I further contrast this movement with the movement involved in crossclausal agreement (Branigan and MacKenzie 2002) and show that the two differ in exactly the ways that A-movement and Ā-movement differ. Algonquian languages clearly have A-movement as distinct from Ā-movement.