Verb Movement

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David Lightfoot, Norbert Hornstein
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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Some similarities and differences between Icelandic and Yiddish
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Comments on the paper by Vikner
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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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