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The original definition (from Chomsky 1986) is:
g is a barrier for b iff (a) or (b): a. g immediately dominates d, d a Blocking Category for b b. g is a Blocking Category for b, g =/= IP
- Chomsky, Noam A. 1986b. Barriers. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
- Lasnik, H. & Saito, M. 1992. Move alpha: conditions on its application and output. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
- Rizzi, L. 1990. Relativized Minimality. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.