A bounding node is a node that plays a role in determining whether a movement is local enough.
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.
Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics
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- Chomsky, Noam A. 1986b. Barriers. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
- Rizzi, L. 1982. Issues in Italian syntax. Dordrecht: Foris.