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Classical NEG RaisingAn Essay on the Syntax of Negation$
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Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027311

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.001.0001

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(p.157) 15 Topicalization
Classical NEG Raising

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This chapter examines conditions on topicalization and the way topicalization structures interact with Classical NEG Raising (NR). In the majority of cases, when Negative Inversion is possible for a particular phrase type, topicalization is impossible. However, in cases such as Under no circumstances would I agree to such a plan, Under no circumstances, I would agree to such a plan, Under those circumstances, I would agree to such a plan, and Under those circumstances would I agree to such a plan, the condition on the fronted phrase for topicalization appears to be essentially the negation of the condition on the fronted phrase for Negative Inversion. The chapter considers the Negative Inversion Condition, the Topicalization Condition, Seuren's Highest-Operator Constraint, and sensitivity of the NEG Raising Condition to syntactic islands.

Keywords:   topicalization, Classical NEG Raising, Negative Inversion, negation, Negative Inversion Condition, Topicalization Condition, Highest-Operator Constraint, NEG Raising Condition, syntactic islands

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