Head Movement in Syntax by Rosmin Mathew

By Rosmin Mathew

Head stream in Syntax argues that verb move is a slender syntactic phenomenon that may have an effect on locality constraints. The altered locality domain names are detectable from the best way definite phrasal parts comparable to a word containing a Wh are pressured to endure circulation. the elemental concept explored within the ebook dates again to Chomsky (1986) the place the circulation of a verb is proposed with a view to impact and change a barrier. this concept is translated into modern minimalist gear to seize locality stipulations, with Wh circulate in Malayalam, a Dravidian language spoken in Southern India, supplying the mandatory information. The ebook additionally issues out that analysing Wh flow in Malayalam as a sub-case of concentration circulation is untenable and gives a clean viewpoint on Wh-in-situ as opposed to Wh-movement. additionally, the ebook offers a entire research of the pronominal method in Malayalam, a language that violates the canonical binding stipulations.

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Conj Auxiliary ‘Priya usually hits Rajan and punches Aniyan’ Only the verb inflected for tense is unable to form a constituent with the arguments, providing further proof that the verb in a finite clause overtly rises to a position above the arguments. 2 Negation6 We saw elsewhere that the Negative Auxiliary obligatorily takes scope over a ­quantified Subject. The example is reproduced below:6 . Han, Lidz and Musolino (2007) points out that negation in Korean has been used to argue for V-raising by Choi (1999).

N. ‘It is not Rajan who saw Priya’ It is also worth noting that there is no way of expressing constituent negation using a thetic construction. Conversely, a Categorical sentence does not lend itself to sentential negation. 2 An important difference A categorical construction, by definition, can be of a Topic-Comment structure as well as a Focus-Background structure. We analysed in somewhat detail the Topic position in a verb-final construction in the last chapter. Those sentences also can be subsumed under the label Categorical.

Kiss (1998: 245) states that “[identificational focus] represents a subset of the set of contextually or situationally given elements for which the predicate phrase can potentially hold; it is identified as the exhaustive subset for which the predicate phrase actually holds”. Thus, the existence of an alternative set is important to the definition of Focus. The presence of an alternative set is a crucial property in the definitions of Chapter 3. aanu Construction  (­contrastive/exhaustive) Focus in Kenesei (1986) and Rooth (1992).

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