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Richard S. Kayne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179163.001.0001

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On the Left Edge in UG

On the Left Edge in UG

A Reply to McCloskey

(p.50) 2 On the Left Edge in UG
Movement and Silence

Richard S. Kayne (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the debate concerning leftward versus rightward movements in the context of a proposal by James McCloskey concerning Irish. It is argued that, by bringing in considerations from Amharic and from certain English focus constructions, McCloskey's Irish data are compatible with a theory of universal grammar (UG) in which no rightward movement of any kind is countenanced. McCloskey suggested that the UG theory should countenance a class of rightward movements applying in the derivation of phonological form (PF) representations. As he notes, this might be compatible with the antisymmetry proposal by Kayne if that proposal were taken to hold only for “narrow” syntax. Whether McCloskey's suggestion would lead to a minor or to a major decrease in the restrictiveness of the characterization of UG is not easy to say.

Keywords:   universal grammar, James McCloskey, leftward movements, rightward movements, Irish language, phonological form, sentences

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