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Provocative Syntax$
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Phil Branigan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014991

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014991.001.0001

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Provocative Syntax

Phil Branigan

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that most syntactic movement occurs as a result of a complex syntactic operation called provocation. It explains the internal details and mechanism of this operation, and the effect of provocation. The discussions cover the inner workings of provocation; the virtues of provocation; clausal provocation; chain formation; and provoking head movement.

Keywords:   syntactic movement, clausal provocation, chain formation, head movement

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