Head Movement in Syntax

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Head Movement in Syntax argues that verb movement is a narrow syntactic phenomenon that can affect locality constraints. The altered locality domains are detectable from the way certain phrasal elements such as a phrase containing a Wh are forced to undergo movement. The basic idea explored in the book dates back to Chomsky (1986) where the movement of a verb is proposed to be able to affect and alter a barrier. This idea is translated into contemporary minimalist apparatus to capture locality conditions, with Wh movement in Malayalam, a Dravidian language spoken in Southern India, providing the necessary data. The book also points out that analysing Wh movement in Malayalam as a sub-case of Focus movement is untenable and offers a fresh perspective on Wh-in-situ versus Wh-movement. In addition, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of the pronominal system in Malayalam, a language that violates the canonical binding conditions.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 224]  2015.  xi, 190 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
vii–viii
Abbreviations used in glosses
ix–x
Abstract
xi–xii
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–6
Chapter 2. SOV via head movement
7–30
Chapter 3. aanu Construction
31–64
Chapter 4. Wh in Malayalam – morphology
65–90
Chapter 5. Wh in interrogative constructions
91–114
Chapter 6. Positioning the Wh
115–140
Chapter 7. In-situ versus movement
141–160
Chapter 8. Conclusion
161–162
Chapter 9. Afterword: Verb movement and word order
163–180
References
181–188
Index
189–190
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