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bounding node

SYNTAX: node that plays a role in determining whether a movement is local enough; see Bounding theory. Traditionally, NP and S (in English) or S' (in Italian) are considered bounding nodes. More recently, bounding nodes have been defined in terms of barriers.
LIT. Chomsky, N. (1986b)
Chomsky, N. (1981)
Rizzi, L. (1982)