Heavy NP shift in English and a-movement in subject-prominent languages

Suguru Mikami

研究成果: Review article査読

1 被引用数 (Scopus)

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According to Miyagawa's (2005, 2007, 2010, etc.) view that human languages are divided into two types with regard to the way that the requirement of the EPP on T is satisfied, English is a Subject-prominent language. In this type of language, the EPP on T works in tandem with a φ-feature and always triggers the A-movement of an XP that establishes an Agree relation with T through the φ-feature (i.e. a subject DP). Given this parameterization, even 'stylistic inversion' constructions in English, which are considered marked constructions because of their deviant word orders, are proven to be unmarked constructions that involve only this type of A-movement. This paper focuses on a Heavy NP Shift sentence as a case study to argue that Miyagawa's parameterization of the EPP, together with the copy theory of movement, is highly promising with regard to research that examines the universality and diversity of human languages.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)259-284
ページ数26
ジャーナルEnglish Linguistics
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DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2012
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 言語および言語学
  • 言語学および言語

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