The locative inversion construction in english: Topicalization and the pronunciation of the lower copy

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Abstract

In the Locative Inversion Construction in English, where the subject DP (i.e. the Theme DP) occurs post-verbally, the Location PP appears to occupy the so-called “subject position” (cf. Nishihara (1999, 2005)). In this paper, adopting the copy theory of movement (Chomsky (1995)), I alternatively propose that in this construction, the Spec of TP is filled by the Theme DP. In particular, I argue that the Theme DP undergoes A-movement to the Spec of TP at narrow syntax, with the lower copy in its original position pronounced at PF due to the status of the DP as a focused XP, while the Location PP undergoes overt A'-movement to the Spec of TopP via Topicalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-328
Number of pages32
JournalEnglish Linguistics
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Locative Inversion Construction
  • Stylistic Inversion Construction
  • Topicalization
  • copy theory of movement
  • focus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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