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Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and Composition of by Liliane Haegeman

By Liliane Haegeman

Adverbial Clauses, major Clause Phenomena, and Composition of the Left outer edge uses the cartographic concept to envision the left outer edge of the English clause and evaluate it to the left-peripheral buildings of different languages. Liliane Haegeman argues that the multiple floor features of those languages (primarily English and Romance, but additionally Gungbe, Hungarian, Hebrew, Dutch, and others) might be defined by way of common constraints, and that an analogous constructions observe around the languages. Haegeman makes a speciality of major clause transformations--movement operations that may basically occur in major clauses.

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From this example we conclude again that there must be more than one position available to the right of C (that) and to the left of the canonical subject (we). (9) h. I stress that if you come, most likely whatever you don’t eat we will give to the dog. 31)) (9i) and (9j) illustrate embedded negative inversion. This was shown to pose a problem for the unitary CP (see previous discussion). In addition, to the left of the fronted negative constituent (never in his life/never again), there is a fronted argument, to the right of the conjunction that, which is by hypothesis in C and precedes the fronted negative constituent (never in his life/never again): (9) i.

Culicover 1991a: 9, (17d)) A related pattern is found in (ib): an adjunct modifying the embedded clause precedes the conjunction: (i) b. I do feel in Scotland now that teaching is a respected profession. (Guardian, October 9, 2001: 12, col. 4) The constituent sandwiched between the two occurrences of that, or the constituent preceding that, cannot be an argument: (ii) a. *I hope that what their parents did for them that they’ll never forget. b. *I hope what their parents did for them that they’ll never forget.

Since it is generally assumed that adjunction is recursive, multiple initial arguments and adjuncts could be adjoined to TP: (10d) would be the representation for Italian (9a), (10e) corresponds to (9d) and (10f) to (9f): (10) d. [CP [TP Il libro, [TP a Gianni, [TP glielo darò senz’altro]]]] e. [CP [TP Last week, [TP in Paris, [TP I went to the pictures]]]] f. [CP [TP All the beers you drink, [TP on your vacation [TP you should keep a record of t]]]] If adjunction is generalized to all maximal projections then adjunction to the specialized projection XP postulated for negative inversion will allow us to accommodate examples such as (9i–k) in which a constituent precedes a negative inversion pattern: B ack g round 15 (10) g.

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