Constraining (shifting) types at the interface

  • Ethan Poole


This paper argues that traces only range over individual semantic types and cannot be type shifted into higher types to circumvent this restriction. The evidence comes from movement targeting positions where DPs must denote properties and the behavior of definite descriptions in these positions. These constraints on possible traces demonstrate that syntactic operations impose active restrictions on permissible semantic types in natural language.
How to Cite
Poole, E. (2019). Constraining (shifting) types at the interface. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(2), 217-234. Retrieved from