Coach Paterno and the syntactic blind alley

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Nov 10 15:49:47 UTC 2011

On Nov 10, 2011, at 7:03 AM, Larry Horn wrote:
> Is there a standard term for these blind-alley/no-exit situations?  Have these been covered on Language Log?  (I don't know what to search under, but surely Arnold or Ben will remember if they've been discussed.)

Chuck Fillmore treated them as "(syntactic) gaps" -- the result of a conflict between different principles.

i've discussed one case -- verb agreement with disjunctive subjects -- in some detail, originally here on ADS-L, then on Language Log:

AZ, 4/4/09: Agreement with disjunctive subjects:

with further complexities discussed on my blog:

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