Rightward Movement

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Dorothee Beerman, David LeBlanc, Henk C. van Riemsdijk
John Benjamins Publishing, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 406 pages
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Symmetries and asymmetries have always played an important role in linguistic theorizing. From the early works on potentially universal properties of transformational processes, differences between rightward and leftward movement processes were noted and constituted a challenge to theories of conditions on transformations. The upward boundedness of extraposition rules vs. the successive cyclic character of question word movement, for example, remains a vexing problem. An idea which has gained considerable prominence in the most recent syntactic work, in particular Noam Chomsky's 'Minimalist Program' and Richard Kayne's 'Antisymmetry' proposal, is that rightward movement simply does not exist. This means, in essence, that what looks like an element that has been moved rightward is either base-generated in its surface position, or it is actually moved leftward but all its surrounding materials have been moved leftward even further. Clearly, these radical proposals have generated a large number of new analyses of the relevant phenomena, and they have fostered considerable controversy about the viability and desirability of this type of approach. The present volume brings together a representative group of articles discussing a variety of aspects of (apparent) rightward movement processes, including considerations having to do with parsing, and representing the various opposing lines of thought on this matter. Empirically, they cover a wide array of constructions (extraposition, scrambling, quantifier-floating, etc.) and languages ( American Sign Language, Bengali, Dutch, French, Frisian, German, Hindi, Japanese, Marathi, etc.).
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Motivating Nondirectional Movement
7
CPExtraposition as Argument Shift
37
The Kayne Mutiny
59
NP positions in French
81
Extraposition
115
Analysing Linear Asymmetries in the Verb Clustersof Dutch and Frisian and their Dialects
153
Movement in Japanese Relative Clauses
171
Rightward WhMovementin American Sign Language
247
Deriving Dependent Right Adjuncts in English
279
On Movement and OnePass No Backtrack Parsing
301
a Review of Some Consequencesof the Universal VO Hypothesis
331
Extraposition Identification and Precedence
357
Index
397
Index of Languages
402
Index of Cited Authors
403

Rightward Scrambling
185
Extraposition as Remnant Movement
215
Adresses of the Authors
407
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