Verb Movement

Verb Movement

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Work on the movement of phrasal categories has been a central element of syntactic theorising almost since the earliest work on generative grammar. However, work on the movement of lexical elements, heads, has flourished only in recent years, stimulated originally by Chomsky's Empty Category Principle, and later by the work of Travis, Baker and Pollock. Parallel to these theoretical concerns, much attention has been focused on the description of verb-second languages and on the movement operations which place the verb in its 'second' position. This volume represents the latest work in an important field, from some of its leading researchers, and puts forward many ideas about relevant principles and parameters of Universal Grammar. It will have a significant impact on its more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139238469
  • 9781139238465

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Preface David Lightfoot and Norbert Hornstein; 1. Verb movement: an introduction Adriana Belletti; 2. Verb positions: evidence from Italian Jamal Ouhalla; 3. Verb movement and word order in Arabic Peter Coopmans; 4. Comments on the paper by Ouhalla Beatrice Santorini; 5. Some similarities and differences between Icelandic and Yiddish Kjartan Ottosson; 6. Comments on the paper by Santorini Sten Vikner; 7. Finite verb movement in Scandinavian embedded clauses Hoskuldur Thrainsson; 8. Comments on the paper by Vikner Randall Hendrick; 9. The Brythonic copula and head raising Edwin Williams; 10. A reinterpretation of evidence for verb movement in French Ian Roberts; 11. Two types of head movement in Romance Sabine Iatridou; 12. Comments on the paper by Roberts Hilda Koopman; 13. Licensing heads Juan Uriagereka; 14. Comments on the paper by Koopman Amy Weinberg; 15. Finiteness and head movement in early child grammars Ken Wexler; 16. Comments on the paper by Wexler Amy Weinberg; References; more

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