Checking domain

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Within checking theory of the Minimalist Program, the checking domain of a head A consists of everything adjoined to it, and of its specifier(s). Formally, the checking domain of a head A is defined as the minimal residue of A. The residue of A is its domain minus its complement domain.


In the following structure (with a head H adjoined to X), the checking domain of X consists of UP, ZP, WP and H. The checking domain of H is UP, ZP and WP.

     /  \
    UP  XP2
      /  \
    ZP1    X'
   /\      /\
  /  \    /  \
 WP  ZP2  X1  YP
        /  \
       H   X2


Checking domain in Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, Noam A. 1995. The Minimalist program. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.