In (i) which books has been moved over two bounding nodes, NP and CP. In (ii), NP and IP are the relevant bounding nodes. In (i) the so-called Complex NP Constraint is violated, in (ii) the so-called Subject Condition. Thus, the Subjacency condition subsumes both the Complex NP Constraint and the Subject Condition.
(i) *which booki did John meet [NP a child [CP who read ti ]]
(ii) *the man [CP whoi [IP [NP pictures of ti ] are on the table]]
In the Minimalist program, the term bounding theory is no longer used.
The term bounding theory became widely known with Chomsky 1981.
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