Verb Movement

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 31, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 388 pages
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Work on the movement of phrase categories, mostly Noun Phrases, has been a central element of syntactic theorizing almost since the earliest work on generative grammar. Work on the movement of lexical elements, heads, has been much less central until recent years. Verb movement is now, however, the center of current research in syntax. Parallel to the theoretical interest has been the attention focused on the description of verb-second languages and on the movement operations that place the verb in its "second" position. This volume represents the latest work from many of the leading researchers in an important field, and draws on analyses from a wide range of languages. It will have a significant impact on its field.
 

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Contents

Verb positions evidence from Italian
19
Verb movement and word order in Arabic
41
Comments on the paper by Ouhalla
73
Some similarities and differences between Icelandic and Yiddish
87
Comments on the paper by Santorini
107
Finite verb movement in Scandinavian embedded clauses
117
Comments on the paper by Vikner
149
The Brythonic Celtic copula and head raising
163
Two types of head movement in Romance
207
Comments on the paper by Roberts
243
Licensing heads
261
Comments on the paper by Koopman
297
Optional infinitives head movement and the economy of derivations
305
Comments on the paper by Wexler
351
References
363
Index
383

A reinterpretation of evidence for verb movement in French
189

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Page 9 - verb occurring in C, ie to the left of the subject NP (as in a verb-second language or in interrogatives) could only get there by raising first to I, and therefore inversion forms like
Page 8 - in general, lowering operations are unusual in the syntax, and a lowering operation here would leave behind a trace which would not be bound or properly governed, and one would expect a morphological operation but not a syntactic operation to be subject to a condition of adjacency. Therefore, the representation in
Page 16 - if John didn't buy the book.' But this indicates that inte 'not' and other such adverbs occur to the left of I
Page 16 - verbs in C is strong evidence of movement through I, given almost any version of the proper government condition on traces.
Page 10 - could be analyzed with lit raised to I or with the I lowered down into the VP

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