Article published in:Towards a Biolinguistic Understanding of Grammar: Essays on interfaces
Edited by Anna Maria Di Sciullo
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 194] 2012
► pp. 31–56
A constraint on remnant movement
The aim of this paper is to assess the empirical fit of a constraint on remnant movement that is derived as a consequence of a certain reformulation of the mechanisms underlying syntactic movement. The constraint arises from the similarity between remnant movement configurations, on the one hand, and configurations of the sort that produce “freezing effects” on the other; the reformulated system disallows the latter, and imposes a condition on the former that appears quite restrictive. I show here, however, that a large portion of the uses of remnant movement in the literature work within the bounds predicted by this unusual constraint, including analyses of data concerning VP-fronting, German “incomplete category fronting”, verb-second, and SOV and VSO word orders.
Published online: 05 September 2012
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