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Vera Lee-Schoenfeld and Dennis Ott

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197545553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197545553.001.0001

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VP-fronting within a movement typology

VP-fronting within a movement typology

(p.33) Chapter 3 VP-fronting within a movement typology
Parameters of Predicate Fronting

Lisa deMena Travis

Diane Massam

Oxford University Press

Van Urk (2015) proposes that the A/A’ distinction doesn’t follow from the landing site of the movement (e.g. Spec, CP vs. Spec, TP), but from the details of the features found in the probes. In this paper, we extend this characterization of movement typology to ‘spinal movement’ (movement of projections along the spine of the syntactic structure), in this case VP movement, proposing that there are A and A’ equivalents to VP movement. We then extend the typology to include a third type of movement, which we label C(ategorial)-movement as it is sensitive to the shared category feature of the extended projection. As expected, this movement has a distinct set of characteristics which follow from the nature of the probe. We close the paper with a discussion of word order more generally (as in Cinque (2005)) and a discussion of how head movement might fit into this typology.

Keywords:   A- vs. A’-movement, probe features, Austronesian, Niuean, Malagasy, roll-up movement, locality

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