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Provocative Syntax

Phil Branigan


Chomsky showed that no description of natural language syntax would be adequate without some notion of movement operations in a syntactic derivation. It now seems likely that such movement transformations are formally simple operations, in which a single phrase is displaced from its original position within a phrase marker, but after more than fifty years of generative theorizing, the mechanics of syntactic movement are still murky and controversial. This book examines the forces that drive syntactic movement and offers a new synthetic model of the basic movement operation by reassembling isol ... More

Keywords: Chomsky, natural language syntax, movement operations, syntactic derivation, movement transformations, phrase marker, syntactic movement, synthetic model, basic movement operation, provocation

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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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Phil Branigan, author

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