Incomplete Category Fronting: A Derivational Approach to Remnant Movement in German / Edition 1

Incomplete Category Fronting: A Derivational Approach to Remnant Movement in German / Edition 1

by Gereon Muller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0792348370

ISBN-13: 9780792348375

Pub. Date: 12/31/1997

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

Incomplete Category Fronting is a detailed investigation of the syntax of incomplete category fronting in German, carried out from a cross-linguistic perspective. The study presents a wealth of empirical evidence involving unbound traces created by remnant topicalization, wh-movement, scrambling, left dislocation, and extraposition. Four characteristic properties of

Overview

Incomplete Category Fronting is a detailed investigation of the syntax of incomplete category fronting in German, carried out from a cross-linguistic perspective. The study presents a wealth of empirical evidence involving unbound traces created by remnant topicalization, wh-movement, scrambling, left dislocation, and extraposition. Four characteristic properties of remnant movement are identified that pose severe problems for a representational movement theory. It is argued that these properties can be fruitfully addressed on the basis of Chomsky's minimalist program, and that they follow from a derivational movement theory that incorporates the Barriers Condition, the Strict Cycle Condition, Fewest Steps, Last Resort, and the Minimal Link Condition but completely dispenses with surface filters. Incomplete Category Fronting provides an empirical underpinning for the minimalist program and presents a powerful argument for a derivational theory of grammar.
Audience: Incomplete Category Fronting will interest all linguists working on theoretical syntax, Germanic syntax or the syntax-semantics interface.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792348375
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/31/1997
Series:
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Series, #42
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Incomplete Category Fronting. 2. Movement Theory. 3. Proper Binding. 4. Anti-Freezing. 5. Remnant Movement Asymmetries. 6. Intermediate Traces and Extraposition. 7. Concluding Remarks. References. Index.

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