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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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The Structural Object Position of Verbs and Nouns

The Structural Object Position of Verbs and Nouns

(p.263) The Structural Object Position of Verbs and Nouns
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Tarald Taraldsen

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes a new account of the fact that certain processes involving raising to a higher DP-position are systematically blocked in NPs. It begins by developing an argument that all the relevant processes involve movement to the same position, a “structural object position.” Then, it reviews the evidence that raising to this position is impossible in NPs, and sketches an analysis attributing this to the nature of the nominal functional sequence (i.e., nominals are too small to contain a structural object position). But this kind of analysis is arguably not viable given certain additional desiderata, and ultimately, an analysis is developed according to which nominals do have a structural object position. However, this position is always occupied by a (covert) element of which the noun is predicated, essentially reviving Bach’s (1968) account of NPs as relative clauses.

Keywords:   DP, NP, structural object position, nominals, functional sequence, noun, relative clauses

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