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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2019, Vol. 50, No. 2, Pages 416-424
(doi: 10.1162/ling_a_00306)
© 2018 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Somber Prospects for Late Merger
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I discuss the phrase-structure-theoretic operation of Late Merge proposed in Lebeaux 1991 as it is used in late adjunct merger and wholesale late merger. I show that under current theoretical assumptions about the nature of the Merge and Move operations, Late Merge over-generates in ways that are difficult to overcome. Given that Late Merge is otherwise demonstrably computationally unparsimonious (Kobele and Michaelis 2012), I conclude that it should not be an available operation and suggest Neglect (Sportiche 2016) as an alternative to generate the needed Logical Form representations.