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Moving Verbal Chunks in the Low Functional Field

Adriana Belletti and Luigi Rizzi

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.003.0010

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Moving Verbal Chunks in the Low Functional Field

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This chapter focuses on two apparently unrelated facts that could present problems for the cartographic approach, namely the degraded status of an adverbial PP in a functional specifier as opposed to an adverb, and backward binding in different classes of psych-verbs. By applying the notion of smuggling, it supports the cartographic approach to sentence structure integrated with Kayne’s (2004) proposal of prepositions as probes.

Keywords: cartographic approach; adverbial PP; functional specifier; psych-verbs; smuggling; prepositions; backward binding

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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