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

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

by Gereon Muller
     
 
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

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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.

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Begins with an introduction to the phenomenon of incomplete category fronting in German, presents two fundamentally different approaches to the construction, reports some evidence in favor of the remnant movement approach, and then develops four problems related to this approach which are solved in the remainder of the book. Intended for linguists working on theoretical syntax, Germanic syntax, or the syntax-semantics interface. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789048149414
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
12/09/2010
Series:
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Series, #42
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1998
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

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