By Chris Collins

ISBN-10: 0262032422

ISBN-13: 9780262032421

Following on from Noam Chomsky's "The Minimalist Program", this article offers in a common method with economic system derivation and minimalism.

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B. " wanted Essi to know. c. " wanted to know Essi. How can we account for these facts? Recall that I am assuming that there is a quotative operator that raises to Spec TP to check the strong EPP feature of T. I make the stipulation (26) to account for verb movement in quotative inversion. (26) The EPP feature of T may enter into a checking relation with the quotative operator only if V[Quote] adjoins to T. The intuition behind this stipulation is that T must be supported by the actual quotative verb in order to check the D[quote] feature of the quotative operator.

I am so happy," Mary told John. b. *"I am so happy," told Mary John. These examples show that the verb say allows quotative inversion, but not the verb tell. The difference between these two verbs is that tell takes both an indirect object and a direct object, whereas say takes a direct object and a PP complement. A similar contrast can be found with the verb ask, as illustrated by (39) and (40). (39) a. " Mary asked of John. b. " asked Mary of John. (40) a. " Mary asked John. b. " asked Mary John.

I am so happy," told Mary John. Since tell is a double object verb, the structure of (52b) will be as shown in (53). 19 (53) 52 53 This movement violates Minimality. There are two DPs (Mary and John) that are closer to T' than the in situ position of the quotative operator. Each of the DPs has a D feature that could check the EPP feature of T. Therefore, these DPs would block the movement of the quotative operator to Spec TP. Recall that we have postulated that in quotative constructions, Tr has a strong D[quote] feature that can trigger movement of the quotative operator.

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